How Thyroid Disease Effects your Bone Health

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hypothyroidism and bone health - How Thyroid Disease Effects your Bone HealthDo you have hypothyroidism? Did you know that most people with hypothyroidism don’t even know they have it? while they are medicated for problems that can cause any one of our most common, and serious diseases such as: heart, brain, depression vascular, or Osteoporosis. Even with thyroid hormones and medicating the underlying cause, immune dis-regulation or a breakdown in the thyroid hormone pathway, is ignored in most causes. As a result they may suffer from the consequences of thyroid mismanagement, with one of the most serious consequences being compromised bone health.

Your bone health is important to consider as 1 in every 3 woman over 50 will fracture their bones shortening there life. That’s why we want to not just look at bone density but also bone quality. One may have good bone density but poor bone quality — in other words the bone’s architecture is weakly engineered.

However studies have shown higher bone density does not correlate with more bone strength. In fact, they show that hypothyroidism is accompanied by an increased risk for fractures. That’s because what’s more important is how well the bone is constructed, collagen, minerals, and bone turnover.

What the magic pharma drugs Fosamax, Actonel and Reclast to prevent bone loss new studies are now showing ” they do more harm than good” meaning harder bones more fragile breakable bones.

So if your having thyroid symptoms it is especially important to address the causes of the this functionally addressing the mechanism of malfunction so you don’t have to be ” bad to the bone”.

The 15 Terrible Coffee Side Effects You Need to Know About

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You’ve just read the title, and now you’re thinking “What? How could anyone say anything bad about coffee? My precioussss…”

Gollum comparison aside, most coffee drinkers are pretty passionate about their Java. Being a coffee snob is pretty much a way of life these days. With so many different cultivars of coffee in so many different recipes, it’s hard not to love coffee.

But don’t get up in arms just yet!

We’re passionate about coffee as well. I’ve been known to down my fair share of Joe–everything from a proper espresso to a cappuccino latte to frappes and even the lesser-known drinks (like Bulletproof Coffee).

Note: I REFUSE to try Pumpkin Spice Latte. Sue me.

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You know the old saying, “Too much of any good thing can be bad for you”? Coffee is so delicious and wonderful that there HAS to be downsides to it!

In this post, we’re going to take a look at coffee side effects to answer the question “Is coffee bad for you?” once and for all.

Set aside your passion for coffee for a moment so you can critically examine the side effects of coffee listed below.

Even if you know everything there is to know about coffee, you may learn a few things about the potential drawbacks of coffee…

Coffee Side Effects

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Here are some of the reasons that drinking coffee ruins you:

  • Makes all other beverages bland and boring by comparison. I mean, really? A cup of tea after drinking espressos for years? You’re better off drinking hot chocolate, or maybe a mocha. Oh right, that’s coffee again.
  • Becomes an important part of your life until you can’t function without it. Morning is probably not a great time in your household, not until the first cup of Joe is nearly empty. (This might lead to relying on it to stop snoring and other related sleep apnea issues!)
  • Makes you prone to fits of rage if someone is taking too long at Starbucks. “Come on! Do you really have to customize your order? You’re here for a cup of coffee, not a low-fat, soy milk, odd-flavored dessert!” Sound familiar?
  • Increases your tendency to scoff at people who drink regular coffee. You’re so used to slow-brewing your own home-ground Arabica that you can’t imagine how anyone can drink the pathetic stuff brewed in the break room.
  • Your head is stuffed with useless information. You know what a “cupping” is, what a “microlot” batch is, you understand terms like “leguminous”, and you say things like “tastes like Kenya”.
  • You’re going broke. Regular store-bought coffee just doesn’t cut it for you anymore! If it’s not way overpriced, free-trade, organic, specialized coffee, you won’t let it touch your palate.

Pretty nasty side effects, right? And that’s before we even get to the effects coffee has on your body…

The Real Side Effects Of Coffee

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Humor aside, coffee does, unfortunately, come with some unpleasant side effects. We may not be talking “sprouting warts on your tongue” or “breaking out into hives”, but the coffee side effects are very real.

Here are some of the side effects of coffee you need to know about:

Increases blood pressure — It’s a well-documented fact: caffeine raises your blood pressure. However, did you know that the increase in blood pressure is caused by vascular resistance, and not by an increase in your heart rate or blood flow?

This means that caffeine makes your heart work harder to pump blood through your body.

High blood pressure is one of the most common risk factors in coronary heart disease. Roughly 70 million American adults (29%) suffer from high blood pressure. If you are one of these adults, drinking coffee will only make the problem worse.

Essentially, it will force your heart to work double-time just to pump oxygen and nutrients through your body. For those with high blood pressure, perhaps it’s time to cut back on the Java.

Increases acid production — Specifically hydrochloric and gastric acids. Both of these acids are necessary to break down the food in your stomach. However, too much acid can cause problems in your stomach.

The acid can eat into the stomach lining (causing ulcers), or it may increase your risk of acid reflux.

This is even more of a problem if you drink coffee first thing in the morning, when there is no food in your stomach to mitigate the effects of the acid.

Oddly enough, it’s not the caffeine’s fault! One study discovered that the roasting of the coffee is most likely responsible for the increased gastric acid release.

Men who consumed regular and decaf coffee had higher levels of gastric acid than men who consumed non-coffee caffeine supplements.

Worried about an increase in stomach acid? Either drink your coffee on a full stomach, or cut back on the acid-producing foods in the meals where you have a cup of Joe.

Causes stomach/digestive problems — Not everyone who drinks coffee experiences digestive problems or a “rumbly tummy”, but most people suffering from IBS, ulcerative colitis, gastritis, peptic ulcers, and Crohn’s disease will find that the coffee irritates their digestive system and makes their stomach/digestive problems worse.

You see, when you drink coffee, you increase the production of acid in your stomach. This increase in acid weakens your stomach lining, making it easier for bacteria (like the H. pylori bacteria responsible for ulcers) to burrow into the stomach tissue.

And the effects aren’t limited to your stomach! Coffee can also irritate your small intestines, causing cramps, abdominal spasms, and alternating constipation and diarrhea–a condition known as IBS. Thankfully, this is a fairly rare side effect of caffeine!

Contributes to heartburn/acid reflux — Have you ever felt a burning, stabbing pain in your chest after drinking coffee? How about a feeling like the top of your stomach (mid-chest) is on fire? If so, coffee may be causing acid reflux or heartburn.

Caffeine relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter, the muscle that stops food from coming back up your throat once it hits your stomach. When the sphincter relaxes, it allows food and acid to come back up the esophagus, and the acid burns the unprotected tissue of your esophagus.

Coffee isn’t the only drink that can cause heartburn and acid reflux–caffeinated sodas and teas are also responsible. Still, if you’ve got that stabbing, burning pain, perhaps it’s time to give your body a break and cut coffee/caffeine for a week or two.

Affects brain and central nervous system — We all know that coffee makes us feel awake, but do you know why?

Coffee doesn’t actually cause your body to produce more energy; instead, it shuts off the part of your brain that registers tiredness.

Coffee antagonizes the receptors in your brain that recognize adenosine, the chemical that signals fatigue. By turning off these adenosine receptors, coffee tricks your brain into thinking that you are more alert, awake, and focused than you really are.

This blocking of the adenosine receptors will make you feel awake and alert, but woe to you when the caffeine wears off. Because these receptors have been shut off, they become MORE sensitive when the caffeine stops blocking them. Hence, you feel the “coffee crash”.

Caffeine also affects your central nervous system, and it can cause problems like:

  • Anxiety
  • Jitters
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Drowsiness

Something to be aware of as you sip your Java!

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De-sensitizes your body to caffeine — We all know what happens when you drink coffee regularly: you have to drink more and more to get the same effects.

Caffeine is as addictive as nicotine and recreational drugs, and it affects your body the same, meaning no matter how much you drink, you never get the same “high” you got the first time.

The more coffee you drink, the more you need to drink to get that same effect. This is why so many coffee drinkers go from mild Americana-style coffee to cappuccinos and espressos. For espresso drinkers, there are few options–like Death Wish Coffee (the name speaks for itself…)

Not only is it hard to get the same “high”, but you develop a dependence on caffeine in addition to the tolerance. If you stop drinking coffee, you get the “shakes”, a headache, and other downsides.

Affects nutrient absorption — One of the most notable examples is coffee’s effect on calcium absorption. Coffee essentially interferes with your body’s ability to absorb calcium, preventing it from reaching your bones.

Excessive caffeine intake can lead to bone thinning and osteoporosis. (For those taking green coffee bean supplements, this is also one of the green coffee bean extract side effects…)

Excess body fat — Now, to be clear, this isn’t a side effect of coffee, per se. Just drinking black coffee can actually stimulate weight loss, and will increase your energy at the gym.

However, how many people actually drink their coffee black and ENJOY IT? A large majority of people add milk, sugar, or both to their coffee. And don’t get me started on the fancy coffees you get at Starbucks!

Between the cream, whole-fat milk, high-sugar flavorings, and whipped cream toppings, you can end up consuming upwards of 500 calories in a single cup of coffee. Drink two or three of these per day, and you’re talking about A LOT of extra calories.

It’s a bit of a hard saying. To keep your coffee healthy, you have to keep it simple. However, this makes it bitter and harder to drink. Tough call, right?

Laxative and diuretic — This one is a bit of a mixed bag. Many people depend on coffee for their regular bathroom trips, thanks to the fact that caffeine triggers peristalsis–or the contraction of your bowel muscles that send the waste material toward the exit.

By triggering peristalsis, coffee helps to empty your digestive system, eliminating waste.

However, it’s not all good. First, your body may become dependent on the caffeine to trigger this muscle activity, meaning it will be unable to excrete waste without the aid of caffeine.

It also acts as a diuretic, making your body flush water–fluid that may be necessary for a healthy body. To make things worse, a lot of the food emptied from your intestines as a result of the caffeine isn’t fully digested. You end up missing out on vital nutrients thanks to the fact that coffee empties your bowels before they’re ready.

Add to that an increased risk of irritation/inflammation, and you’ve got a good reason to hesitate before drinking coffee.

For a normal, healthy person, coffee won’t cause problems with your digestive tract. However, if you suffer from gastrointestinal disorders (like IBS, gastritis, Crohn’s disease, etc.), it may be a good idea to check with your doctor before drinking coffee.

Other negative side effects — Here are a few more minor side effects of caffeine and coffee:

  • Coffee, if consumed in excess, may increase your risk of gout.
  • Coffee drinkers between the ages of 18 and 45 have a higher risk of mild hypertension, potentially increasing their chance of developing cardiovascular disorders.
  • One study discovered that women who drink up to 250 milligrams of caffeine per day had a 150% higher chance of developing fibrocystic breast disease than non-coffee drinkers. If the caffeine intake increased to more than 500 mg per day, the chance of FBD increased to 230%.
  • According to the University of Alabama, women who drink a lot of coffee have a 70% higher chance of developing incontinence and leaky bladders.
  • Headaches aren’t only caused by coffee withdrawal, but can be result of too much caffeine.
  • Women going through menopause often notice more vasomotor symptoms thanks to coffee.

Also, intake of at least two caffeinated beverages a day of men and women prior to conception increases the risks of miscarriage. Studies show that male preconception consumption of caffeine was just as strongly associated with pregnancy loss as that of females. This leads to the conclusion that caffeine intake of both parties during this time directly contributes to pregnancy loss. 

A lot of negatives, right? Sounds almost more harmful than good, doesn’t it?

So, now it’s time to answer the question, “Is coffee bad for you?” Are the side effects of coffee a deal-breaker, or can you keep drinking regardless?

In the end, it comes down to individual choice. You know what the coffee side effects are, and you can see how caffeine affects your body. You’re a grown-up able to make a wise, informed decision for yourself!

The Terrifying Effects Of Aspartame In Our Food And How To Avoid It

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Aspartame Image Design 1 1024x562 - The Terrifying Effects Of Aspartame In Our Food And How To Avoid It Aspartame is a sweetener, often believed to be healthier than refined sugar. It’s more commonly called by its brand names, such as Canderel, NutraSweet, and even AminoSweet. These brands promote it as a great alternative to adding sugar to your tea, coffee and even baking because it doesn’t have the extra calories.

In fact, many diet sodas will include aspartame. It’s different to avoid it in some cases, and you will need to be active about it.

But just why do you need to avoid the ingredient actively. If it has no calories, surely it must be better than sugary foods. Surely it helps to avoid weight gain, which means you have a healthier lifestyle because you don’t have all the side effects of that.

Even the FDA recommends it in the United States. This is the body that determines whether something is good or bad for a person. It is easy to understand how we’ve all come to the conclusion that it’s good for us. What we don’t realize is that it’s one of the most complained about ingredients. In fact, it’s so bad that when all the other food additive complaints are combined, aspartame is more than all of them on its own! Yes, it really is that bad.

Just how bad for you is it and what does it do? Well, here’s a look at the terrifying effects that aspartame has on the body. Here is your look at why and how you should avoid it on a daily basis.

Not Everyone Reports Their Complaints

I want to cover the fact that the reactions to aspartame may be higher. The FDA admits that not everyone who suffers health problems from aspartame—or any ingredient—will report it to them. Around 1% both, and that 1% has led to 10,000 reports against the additive on its own.

And this only looks into the FDA and the United States. When we consider the world as a whole, the complaints are much higher. The problems on are a wide scale and need to be taken seriously.

Why isn’t anyone doing anything? Well, officials may need more reports. They need to know exactly how people suffer and make sure that it is definitely due to the aspartame. It also doesn’t help that we don’t know exactly that it is the aspartame that has caused the illnesses. Many of the symptoms mimic so many other health problems. Doctors are misdiagnosing because they just don’t have all the information or know what to look out for.

Research is showing that aspartame is causing some major problems and does have long term health effects. Because of it, more people are being made aware of the issues. In the end, it’s up to us to protect our own bodies and not the government. It’s up to use to take active steps to completely avoid it, rather than hope that businesses and governments will do it for us.

This is why we need to know about the health risks of having aspartame on a regular basis and how to completely avoid it.

Aspartame and Mimicked Health Conditions

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I’ve mentioned that aspartame symptoms mimic many other health conditions. Just what are they that you should look out for?

Multiple sclerosis is one of the most commonly mimicked conditions. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and even lupus are all mimicked. Doctors have misdiagnosed people with lymphoma, Lyme disease, and even fibromyalgia. With many of these conditions, it’s so important to get the treatment right away, so doctors tend to act on what they know.

There is some research out there that the use of aspartame could be linked to some neurological pains and effects, including headaches and depression. Anxiety and other mental illnesses have been linked to the use of the sweetener. Many of these have been linked to so many other conditions, though. How do you know why your headache, depression, anxiety, etc. are problems? How can your doctor work out the exact reason when many of them won’t even know the exact ingredients in your food and drink?

Aspartame isn’t just in soft drinks, either. It’s used in chewing gum, desserts, and even supplements! Your doctor wouldn’t necessarily know that you’re using the sweetener, so ends up diagnosing you with another health condition instead.

And then there are the problems with the sweetener leading to these other health conditions. They can speed up the process of developing conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. In some cases, the conditions can be triggered!

So, what are all the scary health problems linked to the use of aspartame?

Damaging Effect on the Brain

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The jury is still out on the full problems, but there are links to damages to your brain. Scientists have noted that infants rats suffer severe brain development problems when they have high levels of one ingredient in aspartame: phenylalanine.

This isn’t even just one ingredient, but the main ingredient in the sweetener. In fact, it makes up 50% of aspartame. There are some good things about it because the amino acid is in our brains. However, the brain produces it in safe amounts. By adding more to our bodies, there is the risk of getting too much.

Pregnant women are advised to talk to their doctor if they have extra levels of phenylalanine, because of the risk of the baby’s brain development. Breastfeeding women should also talk to their doctor, since the amino acid can be passed through the milk supply. This means using aspartame on a regular basis or discuss the level of use with your doctor.

And if that isn’t scary enough for you, the aspartic acid within the ingredient affects the brains of adults. It can cause severe side effects and chronic neurological disorders.

Like the phenylalanine, this is naturally made within the brain but only within safe levels. When you end up taking too much in, your cells become extremely overactive, and they die. You are left with damaged and dead cells that can redevelop or grow back in abnormal ways.

What does this mean? Your brain is opened to the side effects of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. Even all the antioxidants that you intake on a daily basis aren’t enough to help counter all the effects of the aspartic acid.

Aspartame = the Cancer Causing Sweetener

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The aspartic acid doesn’t just cause the cells to die. The excitotoxins breakdown into toxins methanol and formaldehyde, and you know that both of these are extremely danger to take into your body on a daily basis. It’s not surprising when you find out about this that aspartame is a major reason people get cancer.

This statement isn’t just to scare you into stop using the sweetener. It were truth and was shown by Victoria Inness-Brown, who conducted her own private study on rats. They were given the equivalent of an 8-oz diet soda amount of aspartame for almost three years. In the end,37% of the female rats had tumors of various sizes.

Menthol has also been linked to poisoning cases. It’s used in antifreeze, which has been used by people to poison others. Why are we willingly putting it into our bodies?

It’s the Reason We’re Gaining Weight

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I know what you’re thinking right now. This is an ingredient used in diet sodas. How could it possibly be the reason for us gaining weight? It’s supposed to help us lose weight, right? It’s got fewer calories than sugar!

Well, yes, aspartame is promoted as a sweetener to help with weight loss, but research shows that it does the opposite. It’s the reason many people are gaining weight. This is especially the case if you drink it instead of consuming water and other healthier alternatives.

There are a few reasons for this to happen, and one of those is our belief that we need to have more sugar in our lives. Aspartame—and in fact, any artificial sweetener—has been linked to sugar cravings. We start to think that we need more sweet things to get us through the day. We want to have food because it’s sweet—and of course, we think it’s fine to have because there aren’t as many calories.

Sweet food is more a modern thing, as the cavemen focused on a raw food diet and got sweet stuff from the trees and plants. There’s no need for anything artificially sweet, and we can opt for natural (and healthier) sugars through the use of fruits.

On top of all this, we end up consuming far more calories than we should. The diet sodas may not have many, but we tend to consume them in larger amounts. We also ready for the sweeter foods like chocolates, sweets, and cookies. Our calorie consumption soon goes up, and we end up gaining weight through that.

If we avoid the aspartame—and many other artificial sweeteners—we can avoid this sugar dependency and cut the cravings. This is great for our waistlines while offering us many other health benefits.

We Don’t Become Diabetics

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That sugar dependency doesn’t just lead to weight gain. We end up running the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Our bodies just aren’t designed to handle the amount of sugar that we have on a regular basis.

Not just that, but the use of artificial sweeteners has led to blood sugar levels being higher. There’s no need to eat more sugar to calm your sugar cravings to run the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

So researchers don’t exactly say that the aspartame is the problem, but it is certainly strongly linked to the problem. Really, when you consider all the other problems, it’s better just to avoid it completely.

You Can Become Addicted

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Have you ever felt that need to consume more diet pop? You start getting intense headaches when you don’t get your fill and feel the shakes and other withdrawal symptoms. Many people joke that they have an addiction, but this is actually true.

Like sugar, aspartame, and other artificial sweeteners are addictive. The pleasure receptors in your brain are ignited when you drink more diet pop, chew gun, or consume anything with aspartame in it. As you like the feeling of the pleasure receptors igniting, you start taking more in, and it starts to become a need.

It’s just like any drug, really. Think about how people become addicted and reliant on drugs and alcohol. This is the exact same thing with aspartame. The difference is people have a joke or consider it funny when they say they are addicted. They don’t realize they’re suffering from a real condition.

If you’re already at this point, before you can even think about avoiding aspartame, you need to admit to yourself that you have an addiction: a problem. If you don’t admit it, you won’t realize just how serious the problem has become. You’ll also find it harder to cut out the artificial sweetener completely.

Addictions to aspartame are much more serious than addictions to sugar. And they are much more common. The aspartame not having calories is a bad thing. The calories will usually counteract the pleasure receptors, so you don’t feel as happy as you would with something without calories. You’re more likely to take in far more, and it is far more addictive at the same time. You end up in a lose-lose situation.

But the Studies Show It’s Safe!

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Have you noticed that some studies show that aspartame is 100% safe? Sure, there are plenty that shows this. So then how do we end up with studies that show that it definitely isn’t safe?

It’s worth looking at the funding for the studies. Those that show there are no problems have been funding by the aspartame and artificial sweetener industry. Meanwhile, those that are funded by independent or other sources tend to show that there are dangers.

When you look at this, it tends to make sense. Why would anyone within the business want to share that their product is dangerous? Why would they want the studies to come out with the full truth? There is a bias, which is why you need to look at the studies that have been done privately or independently; those that you know you can trust the information the best.

This isn’t just a problem with aspartame. It’s a problem with research studies in general. There are even times that researchers can fabricate results just to get to a particular answer that the person funding wants.

But doesn’t that mean you can’t trust the independently funded studies? What if they have a hidden agenda to find the problems? Well, that could certainly be the case. This is where your own feelings, experiences, and thoughts will need to come in. The problem is that the problems are long-term issues, so do you really want to risk them just for the sake of not experiencing anything right now?

So Just What Can You Do to Avoid the Aspartame Problem?

Honestly, the best thing to do is to avoid the sweetener altogether. In fact, try to avoid as many artificial sweeteners as possible. They all tend to be as bad as each other for various things.

The good news is that other artificial sweeteners don’t show as dangerous effects as aspartame. You could switch to them if you want, but you will still need to deal with the addiction to the sweeteners.

Many companies are making this easy for you. While Pepsi isn’t admitting that there is a health problem with aspartame, it has stated that the American recipe for the diet versions of the soda will not include aspartame. Instead, it is switching to sucralose. So far, studies have been positive about this sweetener when it comes to many health problems. The company states that this is due to customers being worried more than due to the potential health risks. It is possible that you could help get your favourite brand of soda to switch the use of aspartame for sucralose in the diet versions.

There is also the look at getting away from artificial sweeteners altogether. Brands are considering natural flavour enhancers or natural sweeteners such as Stevia.

The natural sweetener Stevia is highly recommended for those that still want a sweet taste without the calories but none of the health risks at the same time. Since it’s natural, there are no harmful toxins include in the ingredients and the chemicals and amino acids don’t break down into harmful toxins at the same time. Your brain is protected from so many of the side effects of many other artificial sweeteners.

However, if you do have diabetes or you’re at a risk of developing it, you should avoid all types of sweeteners. This includes the natural options. There are still addiction problems, and they will lead to the blood sugar levels increasing. If you want something sweet, stick to naturally sweet fruit in moderation.

What About Switching to Natural Sweet Products?

You may think that fruit juices or honey are great options for your sweet craving. These aren’t as good as they sound, but they don’t lead to all the health problems of aspartame.

It’s a balancing act. There’s no point saying don’t eat anything sweet. It’s all about getting things in moderation.

Honey is a great natural sweetener, but it has a large amount of fructose. Anything that ends in “ose” is sugar, so you get a large amount of sugar in your honey. However, there are so many other health benefits that you need to consider.

Not only does honey have plenty of vitamin C, but it is also full of antioxidants. All of these together will help to boost the immune system and protect your body from the likes of cancer and dementia by fighting the free radicals.

You only want up to 25g of anything with fructose in a day. Try adding it to your porridge on a morning to start your day with something sweet and limiting it for the rest of the day.

Could You Cut Out Sugar and Sweeteners Altogether?

What about the option of getting rid of anything sweet from your day? Well, getting rid of the artificial sweeteners and refined sugars? Could you do something like this for the good of your health?

This is a difficult ask for anyone. You don’t need to do it, but you could actually help to reduce your cravings and improve your life. The question is whether you really want to forgo everything. That is something only you can decide for yourself.

When it comes to drinking soft drinks, you could certainly avoid all that. It’s even worth avoiding store-bought fruit juices and natural sweeteners for drinks. Instead, opt for plain water to hydrate yourself throughout the day. If you don’t like the bland taste of water, you can also add some fresh fruit to it. This will give it a natural taste that is full of health benefits for you.

Lemon water is one of the most powerful additions to a morning routine. Just a few slices of lemon to your glass of water will help to cleanse your system and kick start it for a day of hard work. You can also drink it throughout the day, as the water becomes more alkaline to help ease digestive problems and avoid tooth decay.

What Are You Going to Do?

Now it’s up to you. Aspartame is full of hidden dangers to the health. It’s been linked to headaches, chronic pain and various long-term, debilitating health conditions. The problem is that it’s found in so many foods and drinks available for everyday consumption.

It’s time to get rid of it and make some changes for the sake of your health. Reduce the risks and start focusing on other artificial sweeteners and natural alternatives. There are plenty out there, as long as you’re willing to take a stand for the rights of your health.

Statins and Its Side Effects

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Statins Image Design 1 1024x562 - Statins and Its Side EffectsFor many years, Statin drugs have been used to lower the cholesterol levels in the blood. This method, has in fact shown to reduce several health risks including heart attack and stroke. Many individuals were given these drugs to help reduce issues that may lead to a heart attack and stroke.

The Results of Statin Drugs

In recent studies, many people have had their risk of heart attack, stroke, and death reduced by 25 to 35 percent. For recurring heart attacks and strokes, these numbers have increased to 40%.

Who Can Take Statin Drugs?

Statin Drugs were designed with the purpose of lowering cholesterol in the blood. With many take these drugs to lower their risk of heart attack, stroke, and the increased possibility of death from these causes. More than 15 million American people are taking Statin drugs to reduce their risk for a heart attack. Along with this number, usp to 20 million people should be taking the drug based off their tested results for heart disease.

How Do Statin Drugs Help Prevent Heart Disease?

Statin Drugs work in the sense that they act as a shield and block the liver enzymes responsible for making cholesterol. If too much too cholesterol builds up in the blood, it starts to stick against the artery walls. If this keeps occurring, eventually, the artery walls will become narrow and thin. Because of these thinning arteries, blood begins to clot, which can result in a heart attack or a stroke.

This is when Statin comes into play. The Statin drug can lower the amount of cholesterol in the blood which can prevent any cholesterol from attaching to the artery walls. This drug can also play a role in stabilizing the plaques in the arteries. While there are several side effects that can take place while taking Statin, you can try to maintain a healthy lifestyle while taking the drug.

A few things you can do include getting enough exercise, eating healthy, monitor and reduce your alcohol intake, and it is also best not to smoke.

The Side Effect of Statin Drugs

With each person, they have a different experience when taking Statin drugs. One person may have a bad experience, while another may end up perfectly fine. Some people may experience some side effects while taking this drug. The most common side effects associated with Statin drugs include difficulty sleeping, flushing skin, headaches, diarrhea, rash, constipation, drowsiness, and a few other subtle side effects.

Some of the more intense side effects that result from this drug include high blood confusion, type 2 diabetes, mental confusion, and memory loss.

Statin also may contain a few rarer, but severe symptoms. These include mitosis, which is the inflation of the muscles, increased CPK levels, or Rhabdomyolysis, which can cause extreme muscle inflammation and damage.

Who Should Not Take Statin Drugs

There are several people that may benefit from Statin drugs, but there are also some that should not take the drug and should notify their doctor of any condition before taking the drug. These people include those who are experienced unexplained muscle or joint point while taking Statin drugs. If this occurs, the individual should contact their doctor immediately, they should not stop taking the drug unless the doctor tells them to. If you are pregnant or have any type of liver condition, you should not even consider taking Statin drugs. You also need to notify your doctor of any other pills you are taking, whether it is a vitamin, medicine, or any other pill.

Other factors that would prevent someone from taking any Statin drugs would be if you are already taking any other cholesterol lowering drugs, if you are a female, if you have a smaller body frames, being age 65 or older, pre-existing liver problems, or if you drink too much alcohol.

What Statin Drugs May You Be Prescribed?

If your doctor is considering prescribing a Statin drug for you, there are a few that you may be prescribed. These include Lipitor, Livalo, Mevacor, Zocor, Pravachol, Lescol, Crestor. These Statin drugs are approved for the US. An estimated 17 million people have been prescribed this medicine since the drugs initial arrival into the US market.

Specific Statin Drug Side Effects

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Along with the side effects mentioned above, a few more side effects users may experience could include muscle pain and damage, which could potentially be a lifelong effect that users must deal with. Another effect could be liver damage, this occurs when the drug increases specific enzymes that cause the liver to inflate. This symptom is a rare one, but your doctor should request a liver function test after you have been taking the Statin drug to ensure that your liver is working properly. It is possible that a user can also develop type 2 diabetes which is a rather serious issue to develop. This is possible due to the blood sugar levels increasing as the Statin drug is being taken. For those that already have diabetes, the drug can help reduce the risk of a heart attack. This drug may also cause significant neurological conditions that can affect memory. Any worrisome symptoms should be noted by your doctor immediately to prevent anything from becoming worse.

Beverages and Other Drugs That May Cause Side Effects

There are several pre-existing and physical conditions that may cause effects from Statin drugs, but some food and beverages may also cause effects. Some include grapefruit juice because of a chemical that interferes with the enzymes.

Some drugs that should be avoided while taking Statin drugs are Amiodarone, Gemfibrozil, Invirase, Biaxin, and Gengraf.

What Causes a Statin Side Effect?

These side effects can be caused by various reasons. Your body makes the necessary cholesterol it needs when digesting food. This process is slowed by the Statin drug and when your body’s natural production is slowed down, things may not go as planned. Instead, your body begins to take the cholesterol it needs from the food you eat. So, Statin can affect the liver or it could also affect the enzymes within the muscle cells, which is why the drug may cause muscle pain. Which needs to be addressed to a doctor immediately.

Relieving the Pain from Statin Side Effects

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If the Statin drug does happen to bring side effects and pain, there are ways to cope with it. These include switching drugs, temporarily stop taking the drug with your doctor’s permission, try a supplement, or change the amount of the drug you take. These options need to be considered with your doctor, so the best decision can be made.

The Evidence in Side Effects from Statins

A recent study showed that for every 10,000-people taking Statin, 300 of them had cataracts, 23 experienced acute kidney failure, and 74 had liver failure. Another 30% experienced muscle fatigue, while others were diagnosed with cancer and diabetes.

Alternative Options

While there are several options you can choose from rather than Statin, this needs to be discussed with your doctor. If they believe that you can benefit from Statin, but you don’t particularly like the idea, discuss other options. There are several other cholesterols- lowering drugs in the market that may suit an individual better, but they must be aware of what each drug does and how it may affect their health. If drugs are not something that interest an individual with heart disease or with the risk of developing heart disease, there may be other natural options such as eating a healthy, balanced diet, get plenty of sleep, exercise often, and practice other healthy habits daily. These can include reducing the amount you smoke, drink, or consumer certain foods.

Taking Statin Can Increase the Need for Supplements

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Someone that is taking Statin may need a supplement, this supplement is called CoQ10. This is used to provide energy within every cell of your body. If this is reduced within your body, the results could be very negative and cause a lot of problems. While Statin is prescribed with the intention of reducing the risk of heart disease, by depleting the amount of CoQ10 in your body, it is doing quite the opposite. So, it is recommended that Statin users take CoQ10 to prevent this from happening. Many users are unaware on the additional steps they may need to take when taking this drug. It is not as simple as taking the drug and going on with your daily routine. You may also need to add supplements, monitor your health, and keep track of your exercise and eating habits throughout the day to make sure nothing counteracts the medication, and that you are helping yourself and not hurting yourself. It takes a little bit of effort on the user’s part to make sure this drug works properly. While side effects often happen without any notice or reasoning, they could be a result of a poor lifestyle.

Another supplement that users may consider taking is Vitamin K2. This vitamin is essential in protecting your arteries from becoming clogged. For those that are deficient in this vitamin, it may leave them with worse arteries. The plaque will fill the arteries much quicker. So, while Statin is trying to prevent the arteries from clogging, by depleting vitamin K2, it is reversing this effect. Therefore, Statin users may want to take K2 if they are taking the drug to prevent this from happening.

These two vitamins are essential in Statin users. While the doctors may or may not tell the user this, it is important that anyone does the necessary research before taking any drug to be aware of any potential side effects and conditions that may occur.

Often, users will simply ignore their side effects and disregard them, but it is important that the user reports any unusual or different changes in their body immediately to prevent anything severe or permanently damaging from happening.

Deciding What Statin Drug Is Best for You

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This part is mainly up to your doctor and can be based off your current health, along with any other factors that may play a role. While there are many drugs to choose from, they are individually different in their own ways and each drug should be prescribed specific to the user. Often, doctors choose to prescribe the most common type of Statin because they know that the drug has had proven affects. This may not work for everyone and in certain circumstances, the drug may need to be changed if the user is having any issues with it such as side effects or failure to see any results from the drug. Switching drugs is usually a simple process. The doctor will likely have a follow- up to determine whether the drug is having any effect on the patient or not, whether it is positive or negative.

For those interested in taking Statin drugs, it is essential to know about Statin drugs in general and their side effects, as well as each individual drug and what that drug can do to you. It is important to ask any questions you may have, and be aware that not all doctors are completely educated on every drug. You may have to share some knowledge with your doctor if they may not be aware. It is important to the user’s health that they know what to look for and what they are putting in their body to prevent any further complications or side effects from occurring. It is also important to remember that just because one person has a good experience with the drug does not mean that every user will have the same good experience.

Statin has complication with other food, beverages, and drugs that can potentially affect the way the drug works, this is something that users should always take into consideration.


Negative Effects of Decaf Coffee (All You Need to Know)

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Decaf Coffee Image Design 1 1024x562 - Negative Effects of Decaf Coffee (All You Need to Know)Decaf is short for decaffeinated coffee. It is unlikely to be harmful if you drink it without an excess of cream or sweeteners and in moderate amounts. But if you drink it on a regular basis it would be wise to know the adverse effects, so that you can make an informed decision.


Decaffeination is the process of removing caffeine from coffee beans, tea leaves, and cocoa. These drinks typically contain 1-2 percent of the original caffeine content and sometimes as much as 20 percent.

When you turn back, the pages of history, Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge was the first one to isolate caffeine from coffee beans in 1820. German merchant Ludwig Roselius and co-workers in 1903 were the first ones to invent industrial decaffeination process.

Decaffeination Processes for Decaf Coffee

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The general process of decaffeination includes the steaming of unroasted green beans. The next step involves rinsing the beans with a solvent which extracts caffeine and leaves other constituents largely unaffected. This rinsing process is repeated 8 to 12 times so that the caffeine content meets the required standard (97 percent caffeine removed according to US standard.)

Removing the caffeine from the coffee beans is the greatest challenge to the decaffeination process. The coffee contains around 1000 chemicals that contribute to its aroma and taste. You can very well imagine that separating caffeine from these 1000 chemicals is not an easy task. Caffeine is a polar, water soluble substance and so water is used in all forms of decaffeination.

However, water alone is not the best decaffeinating agent. Other agents like methylene chloride, CO2, activated charcoal or ethyl acetate are used to speed up the process and minimize the washed out effects that water alone might have on the taste of decaffeinated coffee.

Swiss Water Process

This method entirely depends on two concepts: solubility and osmosis. The Swiss water process takes eight to ten hours and produces 99.9 percent caffeine-free beans meeting the required standard.

Organic Solvent Processes

The preferred solvents have become dichloromethane and ethyl acetate because of the numerous health scares when using solvents such as benzene, chloroform, and trichloroethylene. The organic solvent process uses either a direct or indirect method to produce decaf coffee beans.

CO2 Process

The above process is technically known as supercritical fluid extraction. It avoids the use of potentially harmful substances which is an advantage. This process is used to decaffeinate large quantities of commercial-grade, less exotic coffee found in grocery stores.

Triglyceride Process

Triglyceride process is a direct contact method of decaffeination. The process involves soaking the beans in coffee oils, obtained from used coffee grounds. The seeds are allowed to soak, and after several hours of high temperature, the triglycerides in the oil remove the caffeine.

Decaf Coffee Isn’t Caffeine Free

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Mostly all decaf coffee has got some amount of caffeine in it according to the researchers of the University of Florida.

 “If someone drinks five to 10 cups of decaffeinated coffee, the dose of caffeine could easily reach the level present in a cup or two of caffeinated coffee,” says co-author Bruce Goldberger, Ph.D., a professor, and director of UF’s William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine.

The UF researchers conducted a two-phase study to determine how much caffeine likely turns up in decaffeinated coffee. They purchased 10 16 ounces decaffeinated drip brewed coffee beverages and found caffeine content ranging from 8.6 milligrams to 13.9 milligrams. In comparison, an 8-ounce cup of drip brewed coffee contains 85 milligrams of caffeine.

In the second phase, the researchers analyzed 12 samples of Starbucks decaffeinated brewed and espresso coffee. The espresso drinks contained 3 mg to 15.8 mg of caffeine per shot. The brewed coffees included 12mg to 13.4mg of caffeine per 16 ounces serving.

“The important point is that decaffeinated is not the same as caffeine-free,”  “People who are trying to eliminate caffeine from their diet should be aware that traditional espresso drinks such as lattes (which contain two shots of espresso) can deliver as much caffeine as a can of Coca-Cola – about 31 milligrams,” says Roland Griffiths, PhD, a professor of behavioral biology and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in a news release for a study conducted by the University of Florida on caffeine content in decaf coffee.

Harmful Effects of Chemical Solvents Used in Decaf Coffee

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The most common method for decaffeinating the coffee beans uses chemical solvents that may leave a residue on the coffee seeds. Soaking the coffee seeds in several chemical solvents such as methylene chloride and ethyl acetate for about 10 hours may be the reason for this.  The beans are steamed again to remove most of the solvents. Be known that the FDA allows residues of these solvents to remain on the decaf coffee beans even after roasting.

It’s up to you to decide whether the trace elements of these chemicals should be inside your morning coffee or not. Consuming methylene chloride and ethyl acetate on a regular basis will vastly increase a person’s chances of getting a serious disease such as cancer. The industry’s marketers never mention this, and they know what happens when the knowledge is made public.

Methylene Chloride

The solvent methylene chloride used in decaf coffee process is an important solvent in paint and varnish strippers. Usually, methylene chloride exposure to any route can cause severe CNS depression. If you ingest methylene chloride, it may cause intense gastrointestinal irritation.  A metabolite of methylene chloride which is carbon monoxide may contribute to delayed toxic effects. The neonates and fetus are particularly vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Ethyl Acetate

It is otherwise known as dry cleaning fluid. Exposing to high levels of ethyl acetate for a short term may cause irritation of eyes, nose, and throat. Very high concentrations can cause a stupor, but it is relatively nontoxic.

Adverse Health Effects of Decaf Coffee

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Harmful to Heart Health

Per the American Heart Association, decaffeinated coffee may cause an increase in harmful LDL cholesterol. It increases a particular type of blood fat linked to metabolic syndrome. In this study, the researchers gave participants caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee brands and coffee makers. To standardize the procedure, they gave preparation instructions. All participants drank only black coffee.

After drinking decaffeinated coffee for three months, the participants experienced a rise in ApoB – a protein associated with LDL or bad cholesterol. The ApoB is the only protein attached to LDL. Research studies say that ApoB might be a better estimator of cardiovascular disease risk than one’s LDL level. This protein level did not change in the other two groups.

The non-esterified fatty acids NEFA rose an average of 18 percent in the decaffeinated group, while it did not change in the other two groups. “NEFA is the fuel that can drive the increase in ApoB and LDL,” says H. Robert Superko, M.D., lead author of the study and chairman of molecular, genetic, and preventive cardiology at the Fuqua Heart Center and the Piedmont-Mercer Center for Health and Learning in Atlanta, Ga.

May Raise Cholesterol Levels

Coffee drinks contain two types of natural chemicals kahweol and cafestol both of which increase cholesterol levels. If you prepare regular caffeinated coffee using a paper filter, it filters most of the two chemicals. However, Harvard Family Health Guide reports decaf can raise your cholesterol levels even if it is prepared using a paper filter.

According to a news report by New Scientist, the cholesterol-raising properties of decaf may be due to the type of beans used. Decaf coffee is made using Robusta beans which are believed to contain very high levels of kahweol and cafestol when compared to Arabica beans used to make regular coffee.

Decaf Coffee Increases Homocysteine Levels

Increased levels of homocysteine in plasma raise the heart attack risk in a person. Coffee drinking both caffeine and decaf significantly increase the levels of homocysteine in the blood. You can find this harmful effect within hours of coffee consumption.

If you overconsume decaf coffee, it may result in some gastrointestinal issues. A report in Medical News Today warns that decaf coffee, when overused, can cause heartburn, ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease which is a precursor to esophageal cancer. If you drink one or two cups of decaf coffee a day, it won’t cause any serious gastrointestinal issues. If you drink super-size coffee drinks larger than 16oz on a regular basis, it may lead to some complications.

Why coffee irritates? There are certain chemicals in coffee that cause your stomach to over produce acid. According to a report in the ‘Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology’ caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee had similar stimulating effects on the hormone gastrin. Gastrin prompts the release of acid in the stomach.

European researchers Veronika Somoza and Thomas Hofmann, in a study presented at the 2010 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, identified catechols, N-alkanoly-5-hydroxytryptamides, and caffeine as the compounds responsible for the acid release.

The overproduction of acid severely affects your gastrointestinal health.It should be noted that though decaf coffee has less caffeine, the other chemicals such as catechols, N-alkanoly-5-hydroxytryptamides may contribute to the release of acid in your stomach.

Laxative Effects of Decaf Coffee

Image 5 52 - Negative Effects of Decaf Coffee (All You Need to Know)Coffee stimulates your bowels. For some people, this laxative effect may cause stomach cramping, diarrhea, and bloat. When you drink coffee, your body releases a digestive hormone called cholecystokinin which may be responsible for abdominal cramping.

According to a research study published in the “European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology,” caffeinated coffee’s stimulation of colon activity was 23 percent more than decaffeinated coffee’s effects. Decaf had stimulus effects equal to that of a meal in inducing bowel activity and had far more effect than drinking a glass of water.

Decaf Coffee Interferes with Mineral Absorption

Caffeine is not the only ingredient that interferes with iron absorption, a chlorogenic acid which is also present in decaffeinated coffee reduces your body’s ability to absorb iron from food sources. General coffee drinking including decaf is shown to increase the loss of calcium, zinc, and magnesium.

Decaf Coffee Interferes with Bone Density

Drinking decaf coffee increases metabolic acidity and interferes with healthy bone density. Excess acidity has been linked to negative calcium balance and increased excretion of calcium. As you may be aware, calcium is essential for preventing osteoporosis, and it maintains adequate bone density. Calcium is essential for healthy heart and nervous system.

Decaffeinated Coffee Stimulates Autonomic or Sympathetic Nervous System

Caffeinated and decaf coffee stimulates the arterial blood pressure, heart rate, and sympathetic nervous activity that includes tremors or jitters and hand shaking. So, it becomes clear that substances other than caffeine present in coffee create these effects.

Decaf Coffee Increases Eye Pressure

Coffee in general increases intraocular pressure. Intraocular pressure enhances the risk of glaucoma. While caffeinated coffee significantly raises the intraocular pressure, decaf coffee also caused an increase in pressure within the eye.

Decaf Coffee Increases Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

A large-scale epidemiological study has shown that drinking more than four cups of decaf coffee per day is associated with an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Caffeine intake did not increase the arthritis risk.

Decaf Coffee and Health

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Robusta coffee beans which have the highest acidity is used to make decaf coffee. Robusta is considered inferior in flavor characteristics to the Arabica beans, but its high acidic content makes it better for decaf coffee.  Elevated levels of acidity can cause heartburn, inflammatory bowel conditions, ulcers, and osteoporosis and urinary tract inflammations.

Decaf coffee loses antioxidants during extraction. Steaming the coffee beans opens up the pores and boiling or steaming the coffee beans changes the phytochemical structure. Thus decaf coffee became chemically altered and degraded when compared with the non-decaffeinated coffee beans. Both the caffeinated and regular coffee lose antioxidants during the roasting process. But decaf coffee has higher loss of chlorogenic acids because of the chemical changes that it underwent during the decaf coffee process.

Weight Gain

A cup of black coffee has only five calories, but many decaf drinkers do not drink pure decaf coffee. They add cream and sugar; some drink decaf espresso lattes that contain a lot of whole milk. Sugary white coffee drinks contain calories and fat. Such coffee drinks can wreak havoc on your waistline if you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight.


If you drink a couple of decaf cups of coffee, each day it is unlikely that you’ll suffer from any adverse health effects. If you have problems from high cholesterol or at a risk of heart disease, then better have a word with your doctor about decaf.

Decaf coffee does contain some antioxidants, but you should not use it as a substitute for fruits and veggies. If you are selective about decaf, you can try the natural caffeine free coffee varieties available in the market such as Teeccino herbal coffee and Orzo the natural caffeine free coffee just to name a few but we also recommend this product because it’s organic made and roasted in Canada. Natural teas such as peppermint tea, chamomile tea, and ginger tea are caffeine free and can pep up your energy levels.

What is your idea about decaf? Share with us your valuable views and experiences in the comments section below.



7 Side Effects Of Too Much Vitamin D Consumption

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Vitamin D Image Design 1 - 7 Side Effects Of Too Much Vitamin D ConsumptionYou’ve heard that vitamin D is important. It’s true that you need vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium. It’s one of those nutrients that many of us tend to be deficient in and can cause a lot of health problems, including rickets and osteoporosis.

This fact leads to many people choosing to take vitamin D supplements. At the same time, they’ll stand out in the sun and drink fortified milk. After all, you can’t have too much of a good thing, right?

Well, this is where you’re wrong. It is possible to have too much vitamin D. You will get a few signs if there is a problem with your intake. Here’s a look at seven side effects that you should look out for to tell you if your vitamin D consumption is too high.

Why the Body Needs Vitamin D

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Vitamin D is an essential part of a healthy body. Without it, the body will struggle to absorb the calcium that you intake through your food. It doesn’t matter how much calcium you take in through food, your body isn’t going to gain all the benefits. You can experience weak bones and teeth because of this.

Some vitamin D can also protect against some sun damage. This is vitamin D3, which is one of the most common types of vitamin D supplements.

The great news is that unlike vitamin C the body is able to store vitamin D. It is stored in the fat and used at a later date. The bad news is that the storage is where we end up taking in too much in a short period of time. We don’t realize that we have some of the vitamins already in our bodies waiting to be used.

Doesn’t this mean a healthy amount on a daily basis end up being dangerous? Well, when you take in a healthy and recommended amount of vitamin D (we’ll get onto that), you only store in the receptors and proteins. These aren’t made available for later use. If you take in too much, your receptors become full, and the rest of your body needs to tackle the vitamin D.

Your Blood Toxicity Levels Are Too High

One of the first side effects will usually be noted by your doctor first. Vitamin D helps to boost immunity and protects the body from disease, which means that some of the effects are of the blood.

Can you have too much Vitamin D? It’s no lie that getting too much of something is poisonous. Even too much of something good becomes poisonous within the bloodstream. Toxicity levels end up way too high. These toxicity levels will spread to the organs, preventing the whole body from working effectively. In fact, there can be issues like fatigue and forgetfulness linked to the toxicity problems.

Your doctor will be able to check for this by testing your blood levels. There will be signs of poisonous effects right away.

High Levels of Calcium in Your Body

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Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. This is beneficial for your bones and teeth, but it is possible to get too much. High levels of calcium are visible to your naked eye if you know where to look.

By taking too much vitamin D, you encourage your body to absorb every element of calcium it takes in. This can be dangerous, as you can end up taking in far too much.

Digestive problems are among the most common problems linked to too much calcium in the system. You can feel stomach cramps on a regular basis and may experience some nausea and vomiting.

There are also some symptoms that mimic diabetes. You can suffer from dizzy spells and excessive thirst or frequent urination. Your body is working against itself to keep it safe and healthy.

Unfortunately, you can end up being misdiagnosed—or your doctor will spend a lot of time looking at other causes for the dizziness or urination. You’ll go through glucose tests to make sure this isn’t an issue before looking at other causes.

You may be able to tell if you have high levels of calcium by looking at your nails. Sometimes there will be white spots that appear within the pink.

Digestive Issues Are Highly Common

Even if you’re not suffering from high levels of calcium absorption, you can still end up with digestive issues. The digestion is one of the most fragile parts of your body. Almost everything will seem to upset it!

The truth is that your digestive system has 80% of your immune system. This is where bacteria and yeast fester, and even just the slightest diet change can cause it to react differently temporarily. When it comes to vitamin D consumption, too much of the vitamin can cause the digestive system to go a little haywire.

Nausea and stomach cramps are among the most common side effects of too much vitamin D. you can also find yourself losing a lot of weight rapidly. This isn’t healthy, even if you’re trying to lose weight because you’re obese. A lot of weight in a short space of time leads to the loss of muscle mass, water, bone density, and other nutrients.

You can also have some cardiovascular problems because of rapid weight loss. Your body needs you to lose it slowly and carefully, even when you’re dangerously overweight.

Constipation and Diarrhea Are Possibilities

Again, your digestive system is affected by consuming too much of anything. It will struggle to form solid stools or may make it near impossible to pass any stools at all. This then leads to other stomach pain, as your digestive system tries to rectify the problem or ends up with a backlog of wind.

These are symptoms that have been noted in children who were given high levels of vitamin D by their parents. In one case, the consumption was more than 10 times the recommended amount! Symptoms disappeared when the supplement was removed from the diet.

It is likely that the stomach issues are linked to high levels of calcium. However, it can also be linked to the body’s inability to absorb other nutrients. The digestive system may not be able to take in enough fiber to soften the stools, causing constipation.

There Is a Loss of Bone Density

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Calcium is a requirement for strong bones. Considering vitamin D helps calcium absorb into the body, this side effect can seem a little strange. It seems even weirder to consider the bone loss as a side effect when we’ve already discussed the calcium levels being too high.

Well, too much vitamin D can actually negatively affect the bones. Too much vitamin D can mean that there isn’t enough vitamin K in the body. The vitamin K, especially vitamin K2, helps to keep the calcium levels out of the blood and put it on the bones. So, not only is vitamin D needed, but vitamin K2 is essential to get the calcium in the right place. There’s no point having a lot of calcium absorbed into the body if it ends up in the blood instead of the bones!

Since the bones aren’t getting the mineral they need, they start to disintegrate, and the cells die and don’t repair. The bones weaken, and you’re at a higher risk of bone diseases. Rickets, osteoporosis, and bone cancer are all more likely to occur.

You can add more vitamin K2 supplements to your body to protect your bones. However, you will also want to remove some of the excess vitamin D to help support the whole system.

The Muscles Will Feel Weaker and Fatigued

Fatigue is common when you have too much vitamin D. This is linked to the calcium being in the bloodstream, instead of in the bones. The muscles don’t get the other nutrients that they need, especially the iron and protein for the building.

Fatigue is a side effect of some problems. It’s one of the most overlooked symptoms and usually, leads to misdiagnosing of conditions. Doctors will consider iron levels first, and then magnesium levels or selenium levels can also be considered. This is if you haven’t been ill or may be coming down with a viral infection, which will zap your energy levels.

You may feel like you have the flu symptoms at first. The muscles tend to feel heavy and lethargic. You can feel some pain in them and may find that nothing eases that pain. Some people find that warm water helps, but the pain and tiredness come straight back.

The Kidneys Start to Fail

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Remember that you’re frequently urinating because of the toxicity in your blood. Your kidneys have to work much harder than they had to in the past, and this can lead to overworking. There have been cases where the kidneys have completely failed due to too much vitamin D.

Too much calcium can also lead to calcium stones forming within the kidneys. At the same time, the body tries to get rid of the extra toxins, but more are being created at a higher rate. Your kidneys are working double time without the extra support.

The majority of studies state that vitamin D toxicity leads to some type of kidney failure. This can lead to patients being placed on dialysis until they get a necessary kidney transplant, depending on the severity.

Knowing You’re Getting Too Much Vitamin D

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Just how much is too much? You need to know what your levels should be since you can test for them with home kits. Your doctor will also want to know your levels regularly, but won’t always explain the numbers on the dials.

The currently recommended about of vitamin D is 4,000 IU per day. You can get this from the sun on a daily basis. Just 15 minutes in the sun without sunscreen is enough to get your daily amount. Most countries that suffer from dark winters will have vitamin D added to cow’s milk and to some vegan alternatives to help protect families. The formula for babies is usually fortified with vitamin D, too.

If you get naturally enough, there’s no need to take supplements. However, there are some who will take them just in case.

If you get more than 10,000 IU per day, you run the risk of developing a toxicity problem. This is especially the case if you take this amount every single day for three months or longer.

Most studies have shown that some people can handle the 10,000 IU per day or less. The toxicity problem has become a major issue when someone takes 40,000 IU per day. This is 10 times the recommended amount! You only need to take this amount for a couple of months, and you will start to experience the symptoms of too much vitamin D consumption above. There are some who have taken more than 300,000 IU of vitamin D in one 24 hour period, leading to some serious side effects.

Your body will find it hard to get rid of vitamin D if you take too much. It dissolves into the fat, which we know is difficult to get rid of. This means that the liver produces too much 25(OH)D, which is a natural chemical to help with the absorption of calcium. Your doctor will be able to check this through a blood test.

If your test shows positive for vitamin D toxicity, your doctor will order other tests and encourage you to seek other medical treatment. It is important to get rid of the excess vitamin D to protect the rest of the body.

Watch out for the amount of vitamin D you get and check for any side effects, especially if you are taking supplements. Too much vitamin D is dangerous. It leads to toxicity in the blood, and that can lead to nausea, stomach pain, and bone loss. You need to seek medical advice if you are worried, especially if you realize that you’ve taken a lot more than the recommended amount for a long period of time.

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Best Protein Sources and Can you have too much vitamin d.
The ideal and most complete sources of protein can come from fish, poultry, lean grass fed beef, eggs, and dairy. Can you have too much vitamin d. You’ll be able to find all your high quality protein sources on the outer aisles of the grocery store. Can you have too much vitamin d. If you’re obtaining a majority of your calories from the inner aisles which come with many highly processed foods rich in carbohydrates then you would like to rethink your strategy because you’ll not build muscle fast. Can you have too much vitamin d. Can you have too much vitamin d. It’s true that grains plus cereals have a few grams of protein on the label but it is not a top quality protein with a full range of amino acids that your body needs to form new muscle. Can you have too much vitamin d. An excellent way to make a full protein side dish is by mixing brown rice and some sort of bean like pinto, black, or kidney. Can you have too much vitamin d. Each of these foods has a range of amino acids that compliment each other forming a more complete protein. Can you have too much vitamin d. This can be one of the methods which vegetarians are in a position to meet their protein requirements and that they must include this in their list of muscle building foods.
How Much Protein and Can you have too much vitamin d.
If you are looking to gain muscle fast then you even need to make sure you are getting enough protein in your diet. Can you have too much vitamin d. A general guideline is to 1st work out your lean body weight. Can you have too much vitamin d. That’s how much you would weigh if you stripped every one of the fat off of your body. Can you have too much vitamin d. If you know what your body fat percent is then you can figure out that number to the pound. If you don’t know what your body fat percentage is that is o.k. because you can come very close. Can you have too much vitamin d. Work out what you believe your ideal body weight would be plus then subtract about ten-fifteen pounds. Can you have too much vitamin d. Take this number and that is the minimum of amount of protein in grams that you just should be taking in on a daily basis. Can you have too much vitamin d. So if your lean body weight is 185 pounds you need at least 185 grams of protein per day to gain muscle fast. Can you have too much vitamin d. If you are falling short of this number then you will need to begin eating more muscle building foods. If you are a more intermediate or advanced lifter you may need 1.5 grams of protein per pound of lean body weight per day. Can you have too much vitamin d. So for a 185 pound lifter you’d need 277 grams of protein for optimal rapid mass gains.
5-six Servings of Protein Spaced Out Through the Day and Can you have too much vitamin d.
Don’t sit down in 3 meals and cram all of this protein in. Can you have too much vitamin d. You should be eating every three-4 hours plus including a serving of protein in that meal. Can you have too much vitamin d.

Medication side effects – protecting yourself and others

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How do you know the medicine you’re taking is safe? Well, you can trust your doctor (I would say that, wouldn’t I!) to use all the information they have to weigh up the risks and benefits for you. But what if your doctor doesn’t know either?

For a medicine to be licensed (approved for prescribing by doctors) in the UK, it has to jump through hundreds of hoops. In the UK, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is responsible for weighing up all the evidence for all medicines and medical devices in the UK and deciding whether they work and are acceptably safe. Before the MHRA licenses a medicine, it looks at all the scientific studies a new medicine has been put through, the dose which offers the best ratio of effectiveness and safety, the condition it’s trying to treat, the length of treatment and a host of other factors.

High-quality scientific trials compare the medicine being studied either with another medicine which is already licensed or with a placebo. A placebo is a ‘pretend’ medicine with no active ingredient. But importantly in placebo-controlled trials, neither the doctor nor the patient knows if they’re taking ‘the real thing’. If one in three patients gets a nasty rash or chest pain while taking the medicine being studied, it would probably never get licensed – unless exactly the same proportion of patients gets the same symptoms when they’re taking the placebo but don’t know which of the two they’ve been given.

This system is good, but it isn’t totally foolproof. Some side effects are rare, and may not be picked up by trials even on thousands of people. Others are really common, but happen often in people who aren’t on the medicine either. For instance, just in the last few weeks a major review has linked high doses of the common anti-inflammatory tablets ibuprofen and diclofenac with an increased risk of heart disease. They’ve both been around for years, but it’s only when many millions of doses of some medicines have been given that the true size of the problem comes to light.

That’s where the MHRA’s Yellow Card system comes in. While pharmaceutical companies are obliged to inform the MHRA about potential side effects as soon as it becomes aware of them, it’s voluntary for doctors and patients. If you get a side effect from a medicine, you can check in the medicines section of, or with your pharmacist or GP, about whether it’s recognised and considered potentially serious. You can then decide yourself whether to report the side effect simply by visiting

Some side effects are well known – for instance, the blood pressure lowering medicine amlodipine commonly causes ankle swelling. This side effect doesn’t seem to be linked to any more serious problems, and reporting it to the MHRA might not change the view of the benefit-risk profile. But even if side effects are known about, a rise in the number of people reporting them could change the warnings on the labels or even cause the MHRA to restrict its use or change the dose. Perhaps even more important is getting a side effect that could be serious, but isn’t widely known. Patient reports have been proven to provide different information to those from their doctors or pharmacists, including the impact of side effects on patients’ lives.

The more patients who report these side effects through the Yellow Card scheme, the easier it is for the MHRA to build up a picture of possible problems – and to protect us, as patients, from them.

Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Patient Platform Limited has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. For details see our conditions.

6 Fat Burner Side Effects – Healthy Belly Fat Burning Foods

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Fat burning pills or fat burner are made with certain substances that have the ability to increase the metabolic rate of the body. This means the basic body metabolism is boosted so that the body calories are burnt at a greater rate. These pills enhance the body’s ability to burn calories or fat. The fat burner belts that we find on TV commercials also often work on this principle. These are belly fat burner belts that target the stomach area.The belts raise the temperature near the belly area and claim to increase the metabolic rate there to burn fat. There are side effects of these methods.


6 Fat Burner side effects that are common

4 natural fat burning food

5 Truweight Products that act as natural sources of fat burners

6 Fat Burner side effects that are common

1. Allergies

The most common outcome of using fat burning supplements is an allergy. In many cases, certain ingredients of the fat burning pills may create reactions inside the body. This is due to the in capacitance of the body to be able to house the alien ingredient. Allergies are often exhibited with itchiness, stomach upset.

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Itching is one of the common fat burner side-effects

2. Heart issues

It has been found that many ingredients of fat burning pills are dangerous to the heart. In fact, there have been fat burners that are removed from the market because of their ability to interfere with heart and create hazardous effects. One such fat burner is sibutramine- it showed major heart damages that lead to heart strokes and heart attacks. A substance called bitter orange, a common component in fat burners is linked to heart attacks.[1]

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Many fat burning supplements may cause heart issues

3. Hidden ingredients

Fat burners are often found to be composed of ingredients that actually do not pass the health tests. This is because of the negligence of proper evaluation. However, with time different ingredients that had been major components of fat burners have come out as threats to health. For example, sibutramine, one mentioned above, lead to heart issues. Again, one fat burner had a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, showed characteristics of increased bleeding and seizures.[2]

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Fat burner supplements may have unhealthy ingredients that are not mentioned

Do you know?

Other principles on which fat burners work are:

a) These fat burning supplements interfere with body’s chemicals that make you feel full and hence eat less.

b) These fat burning supplements prevent the absorption of fat by the body.

4. Insomnia

Another common side-effect of fat burners is losing sleep. Overdoses of caffeine interfere and jeopardise the normal body metabolism. This leads to abnormal body functions often highlighted by the inadequacy of sleep. The fat burner, ephedrine is also known to have harmful impacts on sleep patterns. You must be therefore very careful while choosing to take up these artificial fat burners. The effects of these fat burning supplements on sleep can be so impactful that one may lose their normal sleeping pattern for good!So much for the cost of quick weight loss, isn’t it?

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Insomnia is one common side effect of fat burners

5. Changes in behaviours

Fat burning pills often come with a pack of behavioural changes. The fat burner ingredients almost paralyse the body’s ability towards appetite. It becomes resistant to eating certain things that again bring fluctuations in the nervous system. Changes like anxiety, mood swings, increased blood pressure and insomnia, are the signs.

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Behavioral changes are also seen as side-effects of fat burners

6. Serious complications

 In certain grave situations, the toxicity and doses of fat burners can even lead to mental imbalances. There can be mental and emotional disturbances because of certain ingredients that have the adversity of leading people to worse mental health that may even end up in self-harm. Certain people even have the tendency to become addicted to these pills that act like drugs to them. This is, of course, the worst situation. However, it cannot be ignored. If you go by certain headlines, there have been cases of deaths due to fat burners.[3]

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Fat burners can also bring serious complications

Do you know?

The 5 popular fat burning supplements are:


Conjugated Linoleic acid/CLA




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Side-effects that come with common Fat Burners

4 natural fat burning food

We have foods that boost metabolism and can play the role of fat burners, very similar to the fat burning supplements but without side effects. The 4 most common of them are:

  • Garlic: Garlic has the effect of reducing unhealthy fats in the blood. This also contributes in reducing the blood cholesterol levels and hence have a healthy heart. 
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: The Acetic Acid of ACV is believed to be responsible for preventing fat accumulation.
  • Lemon: Lemon juice is helpful in boosting body’s metabolic rate and is very low in calories, hence help in weight loss.
  • Citrus fruits: They are high in fibre and also have alkalizing effects that lower the chances of body inflammation and bloating. This helps a great deal in weight loss.[5]

Companies promoting these fat burning tablets or pills usually claim to be effective in weight loss without even having to make changes in diet. But that is not true. We all know weight loss is a result of both diet and exercise. In fact, it is 70% diet and 30% exercise. But only if we had the patience to look for healthy and safe options! In Truweight, we try bringing natural solutions to our weight gain issues.

5 Truweight Products that act as natural sources of fat burners 

  • Trujuice: It is a combination of natural fat burners: apple cider vinegar, ginger-garlic juice along with honey and lemon.
  • Amla drinks: It is a source of vitamin C and polyphenols. Amla is believed to promote metabolism and healthy digestion.
  • Aloe vera Garcinia drink: It has an orange base that helps in weight loss and the Vitamin C in it improves metabolism.
  • Noni kokum drink: This is rich in antioxidants and boosts metabolism by aiding in digestion.

To know more about weight loss through healthy diet plans, talk to a Truweight consultant today. The best part, the first consultation is absolutely FREE! Click here to avail it now.

Side effects: what everyone needs to know

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We’re living longer than ever, and on the whole we’re living well. But treating and preventing the big killers of the past (heart attack, stroke, heart failure, diabetes) usually means taking tablets, and all tablets can have side effects.

If a new symptom listed as a side effect starts within hours or days of taking a new medicine, the medicine is likely to be to blame. If you get the same symptom after taking a medicine without problems for months, it’s much more likely to be down to an unrelated cause.

There are a few exceptions – for instance, a group of drugs called the ACE inhibitors, widely used to treat high blood pressure, can cause a dry cough which may start many months after you go on to treatment. This isn’t dangerous but can be extremely disruptive to your life. A potentially more serious side effect of ACE inhibitors is a condition called angio-oedema which can also develop long after you start treatment. Anti-inflammatory tablets are very widely taken for pain and inflammation. Many people have no side effects in the short term, but in people taking higher doses for long periods, they’re more likely to cause side effects such as indigestion or bleeding from the stomach. They may also increase your risk of heart attack and stroke if you take them long term.

Remember that many side effects are temporary, wearing off within a few weeks if you stick with treatment. Others may be connected to how you take your medicine – for instance, anti-inflammatory drugs and some antibiotics like erythromycin are far more likely to cause sickness and tummy pain if you take them on an empty stomach. Likewise, the side effects of ‘not’ taking the tablets (eg damage from raised blood sugar if you’re taking tablets for type 2 diabetes, heart attack if you don’t take statin tablets when you’ve been advised to) may be more serious than the short-term side effects of the medication.

Once allergic, always allergic

If you’re told you’re allergic to one kind of penicillin, you must never take any kind of penicillin again, as the reaction might be much worse next time. About one in 10 people allergic to penicillin are also allergic to another family of antibiotics called the cephalosporins. Make sure your dentist, as well as your doctor, knows.

Your friendly pharmacist

Your doctor and pharmacist should check before you get your medicine if there’s any reason you definitely shouldn’t take a given medicine. But if you do get side effects, make your pharmacist your first port of call for advice.

How common is common?

If you were to read every side effect on the patient information leaflet that comes with prescription medicines, you’d probably throw them all in the bin immediately! Remember that side effects are divided into:

– Very common (more than one in 10 people taking the medicine are likely to get that side effect)

– Common (between one in 10 and one in 100)

– Uncommon (one in 100 to one in 1,000)

– Rare (one in 1,000 to one in 10,000)

– Very rare (under one in 10,000)

A ‘common’ side effect still means up to 99% of people won’t be affected, and just because ‘cough’ is listed as a possible side effect doesn’t automatically mean your tablet is to blame.

Cutting the risks of side effects

– Always check with your pharmacist when you first get a medicine to see if there are special instructions on how to take it

– Tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the medicines you take, including non-prescription drugs and herbal remedies, so they’ll know if a new tablet might interact with them

– Always stick to the prescribed dosage

– Check with your pharmacist if any other factors, like drinking alcohol or eating certain foods, could increase the risk of side effects.

With thanks to ‘My Weekly’ magazine where this article was originally published.

Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Patient Platform Limited has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. For details see our conditions.

Steroids and their side effects

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The recent controversy over Russian athletes and Olympic doping have brought the issue of performance-enhancing drugs into the headlines again. And as usual, steroids are in the frame. Steroids have had a bad press over the years – a combination of their side effects and misuse of anabolic steroids by bodybuilders. But we actually make steroids in our own bodies – and used as your doctor recommends, they can be effective and safe.

The steroids used in medicine are almost all ‘corticosteroids’ – made in your body, these act as hormones or chemical messengers. They have a role in your immune system, affecting inflammation in the body. They’re prescribed in tablet, inhaler, cream/ointment and injection form for different medical conditions. Mostly they’re used to reduce inflammation which is causing problems in the body.

Steroid tablets are used to treat serious allergic reactions like life-threatening anaphylaxis. They may be given in short courses for severe flare-ups of conditions like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and hives (urticarial). They’re also prescribed for auto-immune conditions, where the body’s immune system has turned on itself and is attacking part of the body. This includes Lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

Polymyalgia rheumatica causes painful muscles, especially in your upper arms and thighs. Giant Cell Arteritis is caused by inflammation of the blood vessels in your temples, giving rise to pain and soreness around the temples and sometimes loss of vision. These are both treated with steroid tablets, usually for a couple of years. Your doctor can monitor your response with a blood test called an ESR.

Steroid injections are often given directly into inflamed joints to reduce pain, swelling and stiffness. This can cause temporary pain, so they’re often injected along with a local anaesthetic.

Inhaled steroids come in a wide variety of inhaler devices, and are used mainly to treat asthma and COPD. They’re called ‘preventer’ inhalers – they don’t relieve wheezing or breathlessness in the short term, like ‘reliever’ inhalers, but they damp down inflammation if you use them regularly. This helps reduce symptoms and flare-ups which can land you in hospital. Unless your symptoms settle naturally (this can happen with asthma) you’ll need to take them regularly in the long term.

Because inhaled steroids are delivered straight to the lungs, where they’re needed, the dose you take is tiny compared to that in steroid tablets. That means they don’t have many side effects – although they can cause a sore mouth if you don’t rinse your mouth out after using them. There is some suggestion that high-dose inhaled steroids can increase your risk of pneumonia if you have COPD. Your doctor can advise you on the safest type for you.

Steroid creams and ointments come in many strengths, and are used to treat eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus and other skin conditions, to reduce inflammation. They’re also useful for skin irritation due to insect bites. They don’t cure the problem but they do relieve itching, redness, inflammation and soreness. Short courses of mild steroid creams are very safe and can be bought from your pharmacist. Stronger steroids can cause thinning of the skin, so use them according to your doctor’s instructions.

There’s no question that high-dose steroids (usually prolonged courses of steroid tablets) can have side effects. That’s why your doctor will monitor you carefully, both to check for side effects and to make sure you’re taking the lowest dose to control your symptoms. Side effects include weight gain, increased appetite, high blood pressure, developing type 2 diabetes (or higher blood sugar if you already have it), acne, cataracts, glaucoma, inflammation of the stomach and stomach ulcers.

If you’re on high-dose steroids, your doctor should give you tablets (usually’proton pump inhibitors’) to protect your stomach. They can also increase your risk of osteoporosis (thinning of the bones), so you’ll probably be prescribed a weekly tablet to protect them. Working with your doctor and attend regular check-ups (including blood pressure and blood sugar) will help you keep safe and get the benefit you need.

If you take steroid tablets for over 10 days, never stop them suddenly – your doctor will advise how to tail them off. It’s also advisable to get a ‘medic alert’ bracelet just in case you’re taken ill, so medical staff will know you’re on steroid tablets.

With thanks to ‘My Weekly’ magazine where this article was originally published.

Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Patient Platform Limited has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. For details see our conditions.