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Vitamin D Is Good For You, But Taking Too Much Of It Will Bring These 6 Side Effects

Vitamin D Is Good For You, But Taking Too Much Of It Will Bring These 6 Side Effects

Vitamin D can be found in small amounts in certain types of food, but it is called the “sunshine vitamin” for a reason – the vast majority of the vitamin D in our body comes from sun rays.

Health Benefits of Vitamin D

This vitamin can help us to have healthy bones, as it helps them absorb calcium, and it is particularly helpful with conditions such as weak bones, bone loss, bone pain. Its benefits extend to certain skin conditions, such as:

  • vitiligo, characterized by white patches of skin
  • scleroderma, characterized by hardening of the skin and connective tissues
  • psoriasis, characterized by the quick growth of skin cells which results in white, silvery or red patches of skin.

It can also be used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and others, such as diabetes.

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Moderation is the key

Given all the positive effects vitamin D has on our bodies, the urge would be to take it in as much as possible. However, you shouldn’t exaggerate with the intake of vitamin D, but rather follow the recommended dosages. According to National Institutes of Health, recommended daily intakes of vitamin D are:

  • 15mg or 600 IU for children from ages 1-13, teenagers from ages 14-18, adults from ages 19-70, and pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • 20mg or 800 IU for adults aged 71 or above

6 Symptoms of Vitamin D Toxicity

When it comes to the intake of vitamin D through various supplements, the rule “the more – the better” does not apply here, it can rather have quite the opposite effect and lead to vitamin D toxicity. If you take more vitamin D than necessary, it raises the level of calcium in your blood abnormally and causes serious health problems.

1. Feeling nauseated? Lost the appetite?

Vitamin D toxicity can influence different parts of our organism thus causing different symptoms. Among one of the first side effects of taking too much vitamin D are feeling nauseated and the loss of appetiteStudies suggest that in the case of persistent vomiting, the most probable diagnosis is vitamin D overdose. These are the symptoms that are the first warning signs, and if ignored, more serious damage can be done.

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2. You can never get enough water

Another common symptom of vitamin D toxicity you shouldn’t ignore if you are using vitamin D supplements is excessive thirst. If you keep drinking one glass of water after the other, check your vitamin dosage.

3. Increased risk of urinary tract infection

Overdosing with vitamin D increases the risk of urinary tract infections, so if you feel the urge to run to the bathroom more often, you probably need to check how much vitamin D you are taking.

4. Kidney stones are one of the far-reaching side effects of taking too much vitamin D

If you are taking vitamin D supplements, it is very important to monitor the level of calcium in your urine as well, since it increases the risk of kidney stones.

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5. Vitamin D overdose can damage your heart

As it has been proved, the excess of vitamin D causes the levels of calcium in our blood to rise, which can lead to serious consequences if not treated on time. When there is more than necessary calcium in our blood, over time, it can lead to heart damage. People with excess levels of vitamin D have 2.5 times greater chances for arrhythmia which can further lead to blood clots and heart failure.

6. Your blood vessels suffer as well

Excessive intake of vitamin D per day means that the calcium is piling up in your blood vessels, causing your tissues to calcify, that is, to harden.

In order to avoid feeling the side effects of taking too much vitamin D, follow the recommended dosages carefully. The highest safe dosage per day is:

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  • 25-37.5mg (or 1,000-1,500 UI) for infants
  • 5-75mg (or 2,500-3,000 UI) for children aged 1-8
  • and 100mg (or 4,000 UI) for children above 9 years old and adults.

Luckily, vitamin D toxicity happens rather rarely, and the vast majority of cases result from taking too much vitamin D supplements. According to the American Association of Poison Control Center statistics for 2012, there were only 137 minor outcomes and 19 moderate outcomes of vitamin D toxicity. If you suspect you have been taking too much vitamin D, you should visit your doctor and do a blood test called 25(OH)D test, and measure the levels of vitamin D in your blood.

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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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