lyndacarol wrote:Erika, as undoubtedly you know, vitamin D3 is made in the body from sunshine falling on the skin in addition to swallowing a tablet. I wonder if you have a problem absorbing the vitamin from the gastrointestinal tract; perhaps the "skin route" would be more effective in raising your levels. Unfortunately, it is now the fall season and the sun is not so strong; perhaps a special artificial light or tanning bed could do the sun's job.
Jimmylegs can probably offer alternatives to taking a vitamin D3 tablet orally. JL, is vitamin D given intravenously – avoiding the intestines altogether?
jimmylegs wrote:NHE you know me too well
Erika, if you can get a zinc test, please do so. your levels need to be close to the 18 umol/L level. that way you'll know if your regimen is effective.
given the trouble you're having with D3, i would be willing to wager you do not get enough.
to me, 5 mg per day does sound low - i tend to take 25-50 mg per day. my latest product has 15 mg per caplet and i take one with each meal for a daily total of 45 mg.
you should not need to be taking d3 doses in the order of 20,000 IU per day in the long term. IMHO you are throwing money down the toilet if your liver doesn't have zinc around to help process the supplemental d3 intake.
ps i'm female - not everyone gets seinfeld jokes, but i was forced to watch episodes ad nauseum for a decade or so
"KRAMER: Yeah, because she's throwing off my whole sleep. She's got the jimmy legs.
ELAINE: (confused) Jimmy legs?
Kramer raises one leg and judders it in the air, as illustration.
KRAMER: Jimmy leg.
ELAINE: (grasping the concept) Ohh."
LR1234 wrote:Erika, When are you thinking of going into a nursing home??:( I am so sorry to hear this:( Can you not ask your dr's to let you go on to a trial for stem cells or something? They are testing at loads of sites in Europe.....I hope that things get better for you x
lyndacarol wrote:... Could a second bathroom be built on to the house?...
lyndacarol wrote:Erika, I am so sorry to hear that your mother is against this change of adding the bathroom. Here in the US, a house with a second bathroom is more valuable and more desirable than a house with only one bathroom. I wish she could be persuaded that, not only, would it be more convenient, but it would add value to her house.
I do realize that the older generation resists change, but I hope she could accept the bathroom idea if the alternative is her daughter moving to a nursing home! I am so sorry, Erika.
jimmylegs wrote:Hi Erika, glad you enjoyed seinfeld
can you please list (in PM if you prefer) your current supplement regimen, which are covered vs which are not? it might help if you also include price per jar, number of doses per jar, and dosage per pill.
zinc is fundamentally important to a wide array of body functions, and it's cheap by comparison to many other supplements. also you can try to increase intake of foods dense in bioavailable zinc: http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=115 (note they did not include oysters but these are a noted source of zinc, hence the aphrodesiac action)
it's also an option to be careful with your food combinations to optimize zinc nutrition.
for example gluten is a zinc drain and if you can't afford high zinc foods and supplements, you would need to be very careful about consumption phytates and gluten in foods (which is why you see ms diets advocating against grains and legumes).
good luck and keep us posted re the zinc test!
tell me about it :S i know that feeling well from my early days... all the things i used to avoid 100%, all in the name of health. i have learned that moderation is the key. ...hyuk hyuk no pun intended... sorry, i seem to be in a mood todayAs I checked the list of food that contains Zinc, I am afraid my zinc level will be low.
jimmylegs wrote:this is great to hear, that you have persevered erika!tell me about it :S i know that feeling well from my early days... all the things i used to avoid 100%, all in the name of health. i have learned that moderation is the key. ...hyuk hyuk no pun intended... sorry, i seem to be in a mood todayAs I checked the list of food that contains Zinc, I am afraid my zinc level will be low.
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