Vitamin D & Bipolar Disorder

Vitamin D & Bipolar Disorder

http://bphope.com/bphopeblog/post/Vitamin-D-and-Bipolar.aspx

As many of you know, I am 100% anti-sun. Not only do I hate it with every fiber of my being, but it’s just too damn bright for someone with extreme photosensitivity. Every single day one of the first things that goes on my face and neck is Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 40. During the summer when the sun is even more intense and I will be outdoors for more than an hour, I use the first product over this one: BareMinerals Advanced Protection SPF 20 Moisturizer, just to be on the safe side. I use an SPF 50 spray sunscreen on all other skin that will be exposed and I put sunscreen in my hair as well, which protects the color and also protects the delicate skin we often forget about. I can’t forget, because I’ve had two horrible sunburns on my scalp in the past, which were extremely painful and lengthy in terms of the healing process. I protect my eyes with dark sunglasses that have UVA/UVB protection in the lenses.

I eat a balanced diet. I know I get vitamin D from the foods I eat, but I also know I am Vitamin D deficient despite all the precautionary measures I’ve taken for years and years. I take Citracal Petites a few times a week, or daily when I can remember. As women, we stop building bone after age 35, so the calcium is crucial to our future health. After age 36 we can continue to build muscle to protect our bones, but I know far too many people who ended up with osteoporosis really young, so I’m not willing to take the risk. As for the Vitamin D, I’ll stick with supplementing it, as opposed to destroying my skin.

Anyone else experience Vitamin D deficiency?

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3 thoughts on “Vitamin D & Bipolar Disorder

  1. I was diagnosed with a severe deficiency a few months ago. I had been in pain and tired all the time. Levels were below 20. Now taking a high dose prescribed supplement. Not a pleasant experience . I found it difficult to believe that I could feel so awful just because of a vitamin deficiency. And I love the sun. We just don’t get enough of it in Scotland. 😉

    • We can feel awful physically, emotionally, or mentally from all kinds of vitamin of mineral deficiences. A lot of people don’t listen to their bodies, so it’s easy to become deficient in a world where people are so focused on dieting, as opposed to obsessing.
      There’s Seasonal Affective Disorder too, which is widespread during the months when there’s not enough sunlight and people are spending more time indoors. That usually starts for some people here during Fall right up intil Spring is in full bloom.
      I hibernate like a bear during the summer because I physically cannot bear the heat or humidity, especially once it goes over 67 degrees. I start to go insane if I’m not going from one air conditioned place to another. I dehydrate really quickly, so I have to drink twice the normal amount of fluids when I’m doing anything outdoors during the summer, or anything that exposes me to the sun for long periods of time. It’s a nightmare. I’m not an outdoorsy kind of person to begin with, and the sun has bothered me in one way or another for the majority of my life.
      I can physically feel when my body is deficient of a vitamin. It’s a bit like craving orange juice out of nowhere, especially since I don’t drink it all the time, it’s my body’s way of letting me know that I’m not getting enough of it. So, I either have some orange juice daily for a few days, increase my intake of fruit & veggies, or I take vitamin C along with my other vitamins. I try to get what I need through a balanced diet, but that doesn’t always happen with certain vitamins, minerals, or basic nutrients.
      A friend of mine & I are going to be start a Thiamine study to see if it helps with our pain levels. Finding the right dose is tricky though and in general, I’ve found Thiamine a bit difficult to find in stores. Eventually we’ll figure it out though.
      Hope you are now feeling better and that your levels are back to normal. =) Thank you for commenting and following my blog. I appreciate it.

      • Most of the help I got in discovering what was wrong was via internet articles that led to forums. The sharing of others’ experiences left me with an ‘aha’ moment and I requested a test for Vitamin D levels.
        The tablets given were disgusting but I’m now on a little capsule that helps. I’ve still to have my levels rechecked. A few months I was told.
        I bought a SAD lamp last year to counteract the winter blues and it certainly helped. We just don’t get enough sunshine and daylight here the whole year round.
        I don’t think I would be able to cope with 67 degrees of heat. Even this summer, which was an excellent one, our temperatures didn’t come near half of that. So pleasant sunny days.
        I hope your study uncovers helpful findings. So many things impact our health and sharing discoveries is always helpful for others. As I thankfully found out.

        You’re welcome for the follow. I enjoy an interesting read. :)x

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