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Are You Taking Too Much Vitamin D? It Is Possible, But Uncommon

Are You Taking Too Much Vitamin D? It Is Possible, But Uncommon

Growing up, it was common to hear my parents tell us the kids not to play in the sun because, according to them, “You will catch yellow fever for exposing too much of your skin to the sun.”

But things changed a when we grew up and found out in our elementary science class then that the sun is actually good for the body, especially early in the morning. In fact, we later got to know the sun is actually responsible for the “D” category of the vitamins when the skin is exposed to it.

Vitamin D is responsible for the efficiency of the brain, bone, muscle, helps you fight infection and also make all the cells in your body communicate well. The sun passes through the skin and gets transformed a number of times before it becomes usable for the body. But the sun isn’t the only source of vitamin D. Some foods are very good sources of Vitamin D or you can take supplements like cod liver oil. [1]

On the other hand, lack of enough vitamin D has been linked to cancer, asthma, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis.

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Can you Have too Much of Vitamin D?

The benefits of a vitamin D in the system seem countless, but like every good thing that its availability seem infinite, many want to know if one can actually have too much of it the system—which is a good worry by the way.

The answer is simple: The chances are slim that one can have an excess of Vitamin D in one’s system which will result in what is known as vitamin D toxicity or hypervitaminosis, but it is not impossible.

The most natural and primary source of vitamin D is the sun when one’s body is exposed to it, and the body regulates it through the parathyroid hormones. So the chances of overdoses are slim.

But then, it is not impossible, and according to a website Vitamin D Council, vitamin D is described as a fat-soluble which means unlike other chemical contents, the body finds it hard getting rid of it when it’s too much in the system, and this doesn’t happen because of excess exposure of oneself to the sun, it actually happens when one takes too much vitamin D supplements like cod liver oil. [2]

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Why You Should Worry About Having Too Much Vitamin D

Supplements, unlike other drugs, aren’t known to have side effects. This makes a lot of people abuse them. The notion is because supplements are supposed to help your body get those things it misses from foods you can’t have access to.

But then, just like every chemical element in the body, too much of vitamin D, otherwise known as Hypervitaminosis D is also bad for the body, and if it’s not treated well, or early enough, it can lead to life-endangering diseases like the malfunctioning of the kidney, the liver diseases or even tuberculosis and more.                                       

Symptoms of Excess Vitamin in the Body

If you’re wondering if you indeed have too much of this vitamins in your systems, the following are symptoms you should look out for:

  • Being or feeling sick
  • Poor appetite or loss of appetite
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Passing urine
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle weakness or pain

According to Mayo Clinic, an appropriate daily dosage should be 600UI, and you’re only advised to take more than that when you’re treating a vitamin D-related diseases, and this is usually prescribed by a physician. [3]

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So What Amount Exactly is Too Much?

As pointed out earlier, apart from the above-stated symptoms, the easiest way to know you have too much of this in your system is to go for a blood test—specifically to test yourself for 25(OH)D. If you have been taking plenty of supplements daily and you feel any of those above stated symptoms, chances are high that it’s a sign of vitamin D toxicity, and you might need to get tested through a blood test.

But then, other things can be responsible for those diseases mentioned earlier, so the best thing to do will be to check in and see a doctor so that a test can be conducted on you. It has been proven that taking anything above 4,000UI vitamin D supplement daily doesn’t have an additional effect on our body, and anything above 10,000UI over an extended period of time isn’t helpful, but in fact, endangers the body. [4]

Natural Ways of Getting Vitamin D

The best source of calcium still remains the natural sources, i.e. the sun and foods rich in vitamin D.

Food such as vegetables, okra, white beans; fishes with a lot of fat –of which sardines and salmon are rich sources of Vitmain D while soy milk, egg yolks, and orange juice are some of the other good sources of Vitamin D. [5]

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Conclusion

The relationship between vitamin and strong bones was established many years ago when health practitioners found that sunlight is the principal source of Vitamin D.

Today, research has proven that Vitamin D could actually do more –enough Vitamin D is required by the system for treating and preventing many serious and long-term health problems. But be sure you’re not damaging your health in the process of saving it by taking too many supplements.

Reference

[1] http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/guide/calcium-vitamin-d-foods
[2] https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/am-i-getting-too-much-vitamin-d/
[3] http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/vitamin-d/dosing/hrb-20060400
[4] http://www.livestrong.com/article/460139-is-4-000-iu-of-vitamin-d-3-too-much/
[5] http://bembu.com/vitamin-d-foods

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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