At Your wellness Center, we are focused on providing the best quality of life. With that in mind, we focus on multiple types of vitamin deficiency such as the ones listed below.
What is DHEA?
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone that does not get a whole lot of attention but should. We need DHEA to help us reach maturity and then once there help us keep our systems on track. DHEA is secreted by the adrenal gland and is vitally important in our bodies. First, it is the most abundant hormone in your body which explains why it is known as the “mother of all hormones”. Secondly, it is derived from cholesterol and is an important building block that works as a precursor to produce other important hormones including Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone.
What Does DHEA Do?
There are over 2,500 Journal Articles that have researched DHEA and the benefits on the human body. Studies in the New England Journal of Medicine and the National Institute of Health showed that a lack of DHEA in the body:
- Decreased your lifespan
- Increases the risk of cancer
- Increases the risk of cardiovascular heart disease
Low DHEA Levels
Symptoms of low levels of DHEA include:
- Loss of strength and muscle mass
- Aching joints
- Decreased sex drive
- Impaired immune function
Optimizing DHEA Levels
Optimizing levels of DHEA within the body are associated with:
- Increased insulin sensitivity
- Improved immune response
- Improved muscle weakness and fatigue
- Improves stress
- Improves energy
- Better cognitive enhancement
There continues to be research reports on the benefits of DHEA. It is known that the average DHEA level drops in half between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. Research concludes that DHEA is an important hormone and keeping the level in the higher range with pure good quality DHEA improves the quality of life and delays many of the effects of aging.
The Sun is Shining with Vitamin D
Low levels of Vitamin D are now being linked to diabetes, multiple sclerosis, colon and breast cancers as well as numerous other health conditions. The dilemma exists in our mindset where we have been taught to protect ourselves from strong sunlight during the middle of the day.
Your body is able to produce Vitamin D from sunlight, but you can also get Vitamin D from supplements and small amounts from a few foods that you eat. Both kinds of Vitamin D produced by the body and received from supplements are chemically altered a number of times by the body before it can actually be used.
The unique piece about Vitamin D is that when your body produces Vitamin D from the sunshine, it turns Vitamin D into a hormone. The activated hormone and supplemental sources of Vitamin D are sent to your liver and converted to 25-hydroxy Vitamin D which is the circulating form in your bloodstream. Different tissues absorb the 25-hydroxy Vitamin D and use it to manage calcium in your blood, bones, and gut. It also helps cells all over your body communicate properly.
Getting the right amount of Vitamin D from either the sunlight or supplemental sources is extremely important. It can take just 10-15 minutes of direct sunlight on exposed arms and legs to get the recommended amount. The Ultraviolet B rays convert cholesterol stored in your skin into Vitamin D3 which is ultimately converted to Vitamin D. The skin is programmed to stop production once enough Vitamin D3 is produced eliminating the possibility of overproduction. It is also possible for individuals to use supplemental forms of Vitamin D and a dose of 800-1,000IU per day is recommended.
Individuals Who Are At Risk?
- People with little to no exposure to the sun.
- Hospital inpatients and residents of institutions.
- Elderly people because age significantly reduces the skin’s ability to create Vitamin D3.
- Obese people because obesity causes Vitamin D3 to be stored in fat and less available for use.
For specifics about your current DHEA, Vitamin D, and other vitamin levels, the medical professional would need to review your current labs which can be ordered by Your Wellness Center.
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