Saturday, December 5, 2015

Crest and Scleroderma (part 2 of 2)

Severe Symptoms

While Raynaud’s and calcinosis are the two most common symptoms of CREST, severe cases would show different symptoms. People with limited scleroderma could also experience esophageal dysfunction since blood flow is limited to the esophagus, also limiting its function. Another is sclerodactyly which is characterized by thick and hard skin similar to scar tissue. This can occur anywhere from the hands, chest, face and abdomen.

Another symptom of which people with scleroderma can suffer is telangiectansia which is a collection of blood vessels on the surface of the skin which would appear as red marks. People with limited scleroderma could also have limited lung activity, high blood pressure and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and polymyositis.

What Causes It?

While there is no proven cause of scleroderma yet, medical experts refer to reliable theories that refer to very possible causes of it. One theory is that limited scleroderma is genetic and that genetic defects would make people more susceptible to scleroderma. Another is hormones, this of which medical experts think could be the reason why females are more susceptible than males and environmental influences such as viruses or bacteria that may cause it.

Another theory is that pregnancy can cause it. The fetal matter that is left over after pregnancy that still circulates in the mother’s bloodstream can cause scleroderma even after decades after pregnancy, this theory has been aligned with the statistics that the common patients for scleroderma are women between the ages 30 and 60.

All of these theories however have not been proven and the cause for scleroderma still remains unknown.

Crest and Scleroderma (part 1 of 2)

CREST syndrome or limited scleroderma is an autoimmune disease affecting the connective tissue. Connecting tissue is the link between cells that binds them together. It is found all over your body, in the skin and in all your organs. This illness is quite severe that it would usually affect a lot of organs including the skin at the same time. Limited scleroderma would not only affect the skin but could work on a number of organs at the same time.

Limited scleroderma is very broad and the symptoms suffered by its patients would vary accordingly. For some, limited scleroderma would be very minor, although it can disable an individual and for others, it could be life changing and even fatal in some cases. As of now, this disease has no known cause. Treatments that are done for this is for managing symptoms and preventing it from complicating and not attempting to entirely remove the disease from the patient.

How Do You Know You Have It?

Crest has a distinct set of symptoms and with that, you would be easily able to identify if you have it with the presence of some symptoms. The first symptom is calcinosis which is the development of calcium deposits under the skin mainly on the fingers, knees and elbows. You can easily feel and see these deposits as the affected area is discolored and tender. These deposits can also form in the spine and on the legs.

Another visible symptom is known as Raynaud’s phenomenon, this which causes numbness, pain and discoloration in the fingers. This symptom is common among those who all types of scleroderma as it occurs to them at 95% of all cases.  This is also usually the first symptom that would come out. Raynaud’s phenomenon mainly affects the blood vessels spasm having them limit blood flow that would result to the symptoms.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Best Supplements to Use for Mood Swings (part 2 of 2)

Fiber is a very important component of any diet.  It comes in the form of roughage such as bran and wheat.  It is also found in some fruits and vegetables.  Other than the fact that fiber regulates the bowel movement, it also helps control the rate of sugars that enter the bloodstream.  This helps avoid the danger of hyperglycemia, which is characterized by high levels of sugar in the blood, a condition that often leads to weakness and mood swings.

Fiber also has many advantageous functions in the body, such as:

- preventing reabsorption of cholesterol
- lowering the levels of blood fat
- detoxifying the colon
- preventing the absorption of fungal and bacterial matter into the bloodstream
- preventing the absorption of toxins

Using multivitamins
Other than fiber, a good multivitamin is one of the best supplements for mood swings.  Multivitamins contain a combination of the most important nutrients needed by the human body in the correct dosage.  However, just because the label says 'multivitamins' does not automatically mean it is complete.  Some multivitamins contain only nutrients that are commonly missed, such as the B vitamins, calcium, zinc and magnesium while others may focus more on providing antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C and E.

When taking multivitamins, try to determine your nutritional supplement needs first.  Check your diet to identify which vitamins and minerals you lack.  It would also help if you consider symptoms (mood swings is a sign that you lack certain vitamins) and then determine which nutritional supplements are best for managing it.

Just remember, though, that these are supplements and are meant to correct deficiencies.  Foods are still the best sources of vitamins and minerals.  Many cases of mood swings are caused by deficiencies and can be easily corrected by the proper diet.

The Best Supplements to Use for Mood Swings (part 1 of 2)

Moods swings are not a disease or condition in and of themselves.  They are actually a symptom of a condition.  Unless the condition was caused by an underlying disease, mood swings can often be attributed to a vitamin and mineral deficiency.  To correct this, supplements are often required, on top of a prescribed diet.  Probably the best supplements to use for mood swings are multivitamins, particularly those that contains the following:

Vitamin B complex
Most people lack sufficient B vitamins in their diets.  These are important for the metabolism of carbohydrates and the regulation of the adrenal glands.  They are also very essential nutrients that help relieve symptoms associated with mood swings, specifically those caused by withdrawal from caffeine and sugar.  Furthermore, the B-complex family is excellent for helping stressed-out nerves, something that many people with mood swings suffer from.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that strengthens the immune system.  It's a very useful supplement and is best for people who suffer from mood swings.  It enhances the adrenal functions and stimulates the metabolism of the liver.

Vitamins A and E
These two vitamins are fat-soluble, which means they will be stored in the body, particularly the liver.  They are both antioxidants, capable of enhancing the body's ability to heal itself.  Both vitamins are important for helping increase the body's immunity against bacterial invasion.

Chromium is one of the essential minerals that many people have a deficiency of.  It helps stabilize the levels of sugar in the blood, very useful if someone has mood swings.  The amount usually found in multivitamins is usually enough to correct any deficiencies present.