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Vitamins For Stress
No magic pill: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to make up for bad habits that causes all sorts of stress on their body. The truth is that a healthy lifestyle with proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and prevention of disease supplements should be used to make up for a deficiency in your diet or imbalance in your system. ...Read more
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
Talk to dr.first: Kava -- might relax you w/o the feelings of sedation, but in some studies was linked to liver problems. If you have liver problems, don't take it w/o discussing with your doctor first. Vit. B and Folic Acid are believed to affect production of neurotransmitters and thus help with anxiety. Valerian -- helps with sleep and is believed to help with anxiety. Practice relaxation, healthy nutrition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Many vitamins are used up more quickly in chronic stress. You might consider replacing b vitamins like b6, thiamine, b12, and folate (folic acid). Also vitamin c, and magnesium. Make sure you don't rely only on pills, though -- eat a healthy diet with lots of veggies, fruits, lean proteins, and healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, and omega-3's like wild salmon, walnuts, ground flax seed, etc. ...Read more
Magnesium,B vitamins: Magnesium is the first supplement i advise- see http://bit.Ly/1dpai09 b vitamins often help, esp. B6 & niacinamide up to 500 mg 4x/day. I advise adults take 5-6000 iu of d3/day in fall & winter. Consider fish oil, l-theanine, 5-htp, tulsi tea, ashwagandha, rhodiola, valerian & skullcap. Avoid nutra-sweet. Exercise, meditation & counseling can really help, as can seeing a classical homeopath. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Use as directed: Such supplements from a well-trusted source, used as directed, can not hurt and might be of help. B's are very important to nervous system function and if you find they do some good, that's the important thing. Proper doses and overall healthy living + some CBT skills can avoid common medication side effects. I hope you do well! ...Read more
Magnesium,B vitamins: While not a vit., magnesium is the first supplement i advise for anxiety- see http://bit.Ly/1dpai09 b vitamins often help, esp. B6 ; niacinamide up to 500 mg 4x/day. I advise adults take 5-6000 iu of d3/day in fall ; winter. Consider fish oil, l-theanine, 5-htp, tulsi tea, ashwagandha, rhodiola, valerian ; skullcap. Avoid nutra-sweet. Exercise, meditation ; counseling can really help. See comment:. ...Read more
How can regular exercise or dance help for healthy bones and low vit D levels; which is the safest vit d supplement for 5 yo kid?
Movement: Movement forces our bodies to work against gravity and make stinger bones. Dietary sources of Vit D safest - dairy products, eggs, salmon, tuna (any oily fish), fortified breads and cereals. I personally like the calcium/Vit D chewables as some of my patients can't tolerate dairy. A little sunshine is good too but avoid excessive exposures. ...Read more
Can I take Licorice and Rehmannia for adrenal support while taking Vit E, basic B complex,Vit C, fish oil,magnesium,zantac,and Imitrex (sumatriptan) (when needed)?
Not good combination: Consult you doctor before doing anything, versus self medicate especially with your thyroid condition not being stabilized and taking migraine meds. Licorice can increase cortisol levels and make your migraines worse. Always better to be safe than sorry. Can also call your pharmacist to ask about drug/herb/supplement interaction for more information. ...Read more
Besides from magnesium, calcium and probiotics supplement . . .what other vitamins are best to take before bed time to boost our immune system.Thanks!
What are the proper dosages for the following vitamins for 63 -year-old woman: multivitamin, vitamin D, calcium, vitamin E, omega 369, B12, magnesium?
Vitamins: A good multivitamin is a good idea. It's like an insurance policy for when we don't eat right, don't sleep well, or are especially stressed. Go to a good store or get some guidance because the popular brands are typically very week and not helpful. Dose varies w/the other vitamins you mention. Need to know more. See www.spectracell.com for good micronutrient lab test info. Peace & good health. ...Read more
B vitamins: Talk with your physician, but most can benefit from a good b complex containing b6, thiamine, b12, folate, (folic acid) niacin, riboflavin, etc. Alternately, you could use a high-quality multivitamin that offers these as well as antioxidants and minerals. Magnesium in the form of magnesium glycinate is very helpful, and less likely than other forms to cause diarrhea. ...Read more
Not really: Good nutrition comes from nutrients in whole foods. With that said, many fruits, vegetables and foods don't necessarily supply the body with all the nutrients that it needs. For example, once a fruit or vegetable is cut from its own nutritious source, the vine or tree, etc, it begins to slowly lose some of its nutrients. This is why taking vitamins and even supplements may not be a bad idea. ...Read more
Not aware: Not aware of seredyn, but there is some evidence that L-arginine may help with ED. As a young man, ED is most likely not a physical issue, rather a mental one, so anything to relieve your anxiety would help. One sign that your anatomy and physical health is likely OK when it comes to erections is whether you have erections while asleep, as typically your stress level is low while you are asleep. ...Read more
Very good for most: Swisse stress relief is primarily an extract of ashwagandha, a herb used in India for thousands of years with many proven benefits, along with Vitamin C. See http://tinyurl.com/zwvoejp for a good review of its many benefits. I recommend Ashwagandha to most of my patients. It is in the nightshade family and there are a few people who don't tolerate it, but most will have many benefits. ...Read more
Taking sertraline 200mg a day.Ok to take a high strength vitamin b complex too? I've read up to 18g of inositol helpful for ocd. Under extreme stress.
Vitamins & OCD: You could take a b complex vitamin without interacting with your sertraline -- also you're right about inositol and ocd: http://tinyurl.Com/mqgbjoa i suggest discussing this with your psychiatrist -- and if you want to try them, add only one at a time. Inositol may cause flatus and nausea, so you may want to work with it gradually. ...Read more
Should I continue to take women's multi vitamins and executive stress B vitamins while taking fluoxetine?
Yes: Certain vitamin (a, d, e, k) can accumulate in the body and cause significant problems on occasion. ...Read more
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