Massage therapy is covered by most extended health plans as it can contribute to a more rapid recovery from work and sports-related injuries. Deep tissue massage can significantly reduce recovery time from injuries such as whiplash, back pain, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis (jogger's heel), and strains and sprains. In addition, massage therapy can be used to treat fibromialgia, carpal tunnel, scoliosis, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and much more to help you achieve total body wellness.
Women diagnosed with breast cancer who received massage therapy three times a week reported being less depressed and less angry, according to a 2005 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience. And, a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after massage.
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage boosts patients' white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease). Massage therapy has even been used to help promote relaxation and sleep in cancer patients who are undergoing chemo or radiation therapy.
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What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that has properties of both a vitamin and a hormone, and is required for the absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus. It is necessary for growth, and is especially important for the normal growth and development of bones and teeth in children. It protects against muscle weakness and is involved in regulation of the heartbeat. It is also important in the prevention and treatment of breast and colon cancer, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and hypocalcemia (low blood calcium levels); enhances immunity; and is necessary for thyroid function and normal blood clotting.
Where Can I Get Vitamin D?
There are several forms of vitamin D, including vitamin D2, which comes from food sources including: eggs, fish oil, cod liver oil, raw dairy products, grass-fed butter, oysters, salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna, liver, dandelion greens, shiitake and chanterelle mushrooms, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and vegetable oils. Vitamin D3 is synthesized in the skin in response to exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and vitamin D5 is a synthetic form not easily absorbed. Of the three, vitamin D3 is considered the natural form of vitamin D and was thought to be the most active since it is difficult to reach adequate levels with food sources alone. Newer data shows that D2 is as effective a D3 in maintaining vitamin D levels in the blood; however, if you are one of the many Canadians who are low in Vitamin D, you may need a Vitamin D3 supplement to bring your levels back up into the normal range.
Exposing the face and arms to the sun for fifteen minutes three times a week without sunscreen is an effective way to ensure adequate amounts of vitamin D in the body; however this is for maintaining levels, not raising them.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is stored in the body. 1000 IU daily is the recommended dosage to maintain your levels; however, if you are deficient this dose is not effective for raising your levels, and you may need up to 10,000 IU depending on your levels. It is generally agreed that if you have not tested your vitamin D, you live in Canada, and suspect you may be deficient, 3000 IU daily is a safe dose, and should be taken from November to March. How much is needed to optimize health is still open for debate; however, taking too much vitamin D is possible if taken consistently over a long period. Ask your doctor to have your vitamin D levels tested annually to determine if you are deficient, and the appropriate dose you may need.
What is Vitamin D? Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that has properties of both a vitamin and a hormone, and is required for the absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus. It is necessary for growth, and is especially important for the normal growth and development of bones and teeth in children. It protects […]
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