Depression and other mood disorders can be linked to a Vitamin D deficiency.
Let's talk today about vitamin D and its effects on our body.
Vitamin D affects our mood, it affects our immune system, it affects our sleep, and it affects calcium absorption. Calcium absorption is important for strong bones and teeth.
Our bodies need sunlight in order for our bodies to make vitamin D. I like to check vitamin D3 levels when the person has had a low exposure to sunlight or they may live in an area that's overcast.
There is something called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in which the person experiences fatigue, poor concentration, loss of interest in life, and even carbohydrate cravings and weight gain.
I like to do an annual blood test of vitamin D3 on all of my patients. Research shows having a vitamin D level below 20 ng/mL may raise our risk for depression by as much as 85%, compared to having a vitamin D level greater than 30. The optimal vitamin D3 level should be...
“The body keeps score and it always wins.” – Brene Brown
Do you struggle with a recurring physical problem?
Have you sought treatment for that problem but have never been able to get to the root cause?
Would you like an easy-to-follow explanation of how each of the chakras (energy centers) affects both your physical and emotional well being?
When you understand how your energy works and how it affects your body, you can use simple self-healing techniques to improve your physical and emotional health. Examples of some of the chronic health problems that may stem from blocked energy are:
*PMS and other reproductive organs issues
*Bronchitis and other lung problems
*Foot and leg pain
* …and many more
In my new video mini-course, Children of the Chakras: A Return to Health and Self-Love, you’ll learn:
*Tips and Tools for self-healing...
Did you ever consider the differences among “appreciation,” “gratitude,” and “thanksgiving”? Here are a few thoughts on the subject and a heartfelt Happy Holidays from Dr. Marcantel.
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I'm wishing you and yours a happy holiday season! We just finished Thanksgiving and it made me ponder on the words "appreciation," "gratitude," and "thanksgiving."
Appreciation is valuing yourself and valuing others. Gratitude is the state of being appreciative. Thanksgiving is expressing that appreciation for others.
So I want to encourage you, as I have encouraged myself, to VALUE yourself and others, to BE that appreciation in this world, and to EXPRESS that appreciation to others.
This is the change that the world so desperately needs now. Be the change by being appreciative, having gratitude, and expressing your thanksgiving.
Much love to you and your family on this holiday...
A plaque hanging in my kitchen says, “There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.”
A dear friend gave me the sign several years ago and it is prominently displayed in my home to remind me every day to reflect on the many blessings I have in my life.
Frankly, I need that prompt sometimes because there is often so much negativity surrounding us that it’s easy to lose sight of the good. I also know that it is an “attitude of gratitude” that will give birth to the positive changes I’d like to see in my life.
Too often we think, “I’ll be thankful and at peace when such-and-such changes.” Ironically, the negative thoughts we’re harboring—fear, ingratitude, bitterness, feelings of unworthiness—may actually cause us to resist the positive changes we want.
Rather than seeing thanksgiving as something to be put off until we get something in the future, try thinking of gratitude as the starting...
Find out how one of my readers solved her sleep problem with a very simple fix after watching my vlog, "Are You Overdosing on Food Supplements?"
Do YOU have a story you can share with us about overdoing it with supplements? We'd love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below!
About four weeks ago I put out a blog on the subject of overdosing on food supplements–our vitamins and minerals.
We talked about some of the signs and symptoms of overdosing on supplements, such as headaches, anxiety, insomnia, and irritability. For some people the root cause of these signs and symptoms may be overdosing on supplements.
There are simple tests you can do to check your blood levels and cellular levels of vitamins and minerals. You may want to look into that.
I received an email from Linda in response to our blog and it was a really good one. Let me read it to you.
Linda says, “Turns out I also was getting to much B vitamins. After hearing this post I immediately cut my...
A Q&A with Dr T
Q: What is “energy medicine”?
Dr. Tina: The term “energy medicine” covers a wide range of therapies that work with the energy systems that are present in the body. Depending on the healing tradition you’re talking about, these systems and the energy associated with them have different names.
In traditional Chinese medicine it’s called qi (chi); in ayurvedic medicine it’s called prana and it’s said to be centered in various energy centers in the body called chakras. Working with this energy to help people with both emotional and physical problems has been common practice for thousands of years.
Acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) are just a few of the many modalities that are used in energy medicine.
Q: What does energy have to do with my physical symptoms?
Dr. Tina: We are flesh and blood and bone, but we're also spiritual,...
by Dr. Tina Marcantel
Have you ever seen a bug zapper? You probably know what I mean—one of those lights you hang in the back yard that has an electrified screen around it.
When I was meditating the other day, that’s the image I got concerning controlling the negative thoughts that try to sneak into our minds. And the great thing about this tool is that it takes almost no effort! Let me explain.
As I fill my mind with thoughts of light and love and I connect with the Higher Power within me, that light shines brighter and brighter in my mind.
How do I do that? By consciously choosing to think and act on positive ideas and thoughts. For instance, I keep a gratitude journal and actually write down all the things I’m grateful for.
I also love using positive affirmations to help me keep my mind focused on the life I want to create for myself.
I’ve written before about trying to control my thoughts in my article, “What Was I...
by Peter Marcantel
“He ruined my life.”
“I’ve tried to forgive her, but I just can’t!”
“That person doesn’t deserve my forgiveness.”
“I’ll never forget what they did to me.”
If any of these phrases sound like things you may have said to yourself or to others, you’re certainly not alone.
All of us tend to carry a certain amount of unforgiveness toward others in our hearts. What we often don’t stop to consider is what that unforgiveness is costing us, and the price of that grudge in terms of our health can be surprisingly high.
Holistic healing is about getting to the root causes of physical problems. Sometimes those root causes may lie in genetic tendencies we’ve inherited or in the foods we’re eating.
Very often, though, root causes can be traced back to emotional and energetic issues that need to be dealt with before long-term healing can take place. Those issues may be things that...
When it comes to food and vitamin supplements, you can certainly get "too much of a good thing."
Find out how one of my patients got off her anti-anxiety medications just by cutting back on her supplements!
Are you overdosing on your food supplements?
“Alice” came into my office with signs of irritability, anxiety, headaches, and insomnia. Her physician had put her on an antianxiety medication. They had run a lot of different tests and couldn’t figure out why she was having so much anxiety.
She also had a very strong odor to her urine and all the tests ruled out a urinary tract infection. So she was very confused about what was going on.
She came into my office and we sat down and did a thorough history together. And then the pulled out a large shopping bag of supplements.
She was trying her best to take care of herself, but she was actually overdosing on supplements. We laid everything out and we navigated through the process and I helped her...