While the symptoms of IBS can be horrible, it's the lack of solutions that can be the most frustrating. Many people are told IBS symptoms are all in their heads and conventional medicine offers little in the way of treatment. The good news is that specific probiotics can get to the source of your IBS symptoms, and relieve your frustration…along with gas, bloating, and other uncomfortable issues.
Q. Dear Terry, “I travel a lot for work, but I have a fear of flying. I get incredibly anxious before each flight and sometimes have to use prescription drugs to relax. I would like to use something natural instead, what can I try?” — Shay S., Eagan, MN
Q. Dear Terry, “I’m a student and have to sit a lot for class. I noticed some swelling in my ankles last week after class and my legs have been more painful than normal. What can I try to prevent this from happening? — Megan T., Los Angeles, CA
Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked with Non-Violent Psychiatric Distress in Adolescents
A recent study conducted by the Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders found that suboptimal vitamin D status may be related to psychiatric distress, but not violence in adolescents. Psychiatric distress is characterized by a wide range of unpleasant feelings or emotions that impact an individual’s quality of life.
Symptoms may include anger, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, depression and worry. In some cases, violent behaviors may accompany psychiatric distress. Research has found that vitamin D status is associated with mental disorders, cognitive impairment and depressive symptoms in adults. However, these findings have been inconsistent. In addition, few studies have evaluated the relationship between vitamin D status and mental health of adolescents in Iran.
The current study investigated the relationship between vitamin D status and psychiatric distress and violent behaviors in Iranian children and adolescents. The researchers conducted a nationwide study using data from the Childhood and Adolescence Surveillance and Prevention of Adult Non-communicable Disease (CASPIAN) study conducted in Iran. The CASPIAN study is a nationwide survey used to determine at risk behaviors in Iranian school students. A total of 1095 Iranian school students between 10 to 18 years of age were included in the study. Psychiatric distress and violent behaviors were determined using the Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS) questionnaire.
The researchers found that 40% of individuals in the study were vitamin D deficient (less than 10 ng/ml) and 39% were vitamin D insufficient (10-30 ng/ml). The odds of reported feelings of anger, anxiety, poor sleep quality, sadness, depression and worry was 1.5 to 1.8 times greater for vitamin D insufficient children and adolescents compared with those with normal vitamin D levels (p < 0.05). Vitamin D status did not have an association with violence behaviors (p > 0.05).
The authors concluded: “The study found significant associations between vitamin D deficiency and self-reported psychiatric distress as angriness, anxiety, poor quality sleep, sadness/depression, and worry. However, no significant association existed between vitamin D status and violence behaviors.”
TODAY'S WORD From Joel and Victoria
Yes and Amen
Have you thought about the fact that God has already said “yes” to His promises in your life? You don’t have to beg God to be good to you. You don’t have to plead with Him to help you. God wants to help you. He wants to pour out His abundant blessing on your life.
Scripture says His promises are “yes and amen.” Amen means “so be it.” In other words, it’s a done deal. All you have to do is make sure you are living up to your end of the bargain. See, God’s love is unconditional, but we have to obey His commands in order to see His promises come to pass. For example, Malachi 3:10 says that we have to bring our tithe to Him in order to see the windows of heaven open. It says in Deuteronomy 5 that we are to honor our parents in order to live a long life.
The good news is that when we surrender our hearts to Him, He empowers us to fulfill every one of His commands. He equips us for every good work because He wants to see us live a blessed life. That’s why His promises are “yes” and “amen!”
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A PRAYER FOR TODAY
"Father, thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I believe that You have a good plan to pour out Your blessing and favor on me. Give me strength to obey Your commands and honor You all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen."