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You pay attention to the food pyramid. You squeeze in a workout each day. You manage to schedule a physical every December. Basically, you do a fairly decent job of taking care of yourself.

Yet statistically, there’s still a chance you’re suffering from a vitamin deficiency that’s hindering your daily functioning and leaving you vulnerable to a plethora of health problems. Specific groups well-known for being at risk include vegetarians, pregnant and breastfeeding women, the elderly, and low-income earners.

Here are a few other, lesser-known groups who may be sinking into vitamin debt unawares.

Exercisers

Life is a little bit cruel, isn’t it? You take up jogging to improve your health, not damage it, so it’s especially ironic that physical activity places you at risk of a vitamin deficiency.

But vigorous exorcise does, indeed, sap the body of the essential micronutrients otherwise known as electrolytes. After all, that’s how the concept of “sports drinks” came into being.

The important thing to remember here is not that you should stop exercising, but that you should be sure to put back what you take out. Vitamins A, C, E, CoQ10 and alpha lipoic are the big ones to think about.

Fad Dieters

The thing about cutting down on food is you may unknowingly be cutting down on essential vitamins and nutrients, too. This is especially true of those following trendy diet fads with words like “beach” in the title. Recent studies have shown that popular low-carb and low-fat diets are associated with deficiencies in thiamine, folic acid, vitamins C and E, iron, magnesium, zinc, and more.

Long story short? Just because it gets you into smaller pants doesn’t mean it’s optimizing your health. Be wary of big-name diets creating carb-starved, vitamin-deprived legions.

Nail Biters

And by that, we mean the stressed out among us. Everyone experiences anxiety to some degree, but stress on a major scale robs the body of resources, particularly water-soluble micronutrients like the B vitamins, vitamin C, and most minerals.

Those Experiencing These Weird Symptoms

The vitamin-deprived body is a little like a sinking ship, shooting up flares to show that something is wrong. The following is a list of strange things the body does to alert you of a vitamin or nutrient deficiency, with the cause of these symptoms in parentheses.

  • Cracks in the corners of your mouth (iron, zinc, B3, B2, and B12 deficiencies)
  • A scaly rash on your face (B7 deficiency)
  • Muscle cramps in the toes, feet arches, backs of legs, and calves (magnesium, calcium, and potassium deficiencies)
  • Red or white bumps on the cheeks, arms, and thighs (vitamins A and D and essential fatty acids)

If you fall into one of these categories, be sure to stop by Lyceum Physical Medicine for our superior nutrition services. Our team of medical practitioners will not only test you for vitamin deficiencies, but help you plan an incredible diet that will supercharge your system. Schedule an appointment today!

The above title came from the March 11, 2002 issue of the American Medical News. This story reports on several studies and programs where corporate wellness programs are having a positive effect on reducing health care costs on their employees. “There’s a growing body of data indicating that corporate wellness programs lower medical costs for employees”, said Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, vice president of consulting and applied research for the Medstat Group, a health care research firm in Ann Arbor, Mich.

A survey done by Medstat, published in the January 2002 issue of the Journal of Occupational Medicine, concluded that medical claims costs for Johnson & Johnson Inc. employees dropped an average of $225 per year after the company started its wellness program in 1995. Additionally, Goetzel reported that a literature review of corporate wellness studies published in the May/June 2001 issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion concluded that medical costs dropped for employees in the wellness program for 28 out of 32 of the corporate wellness programs reviewed.

What is Trigger Point Therapy?

Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Sometimes massage and trigger point therapy are performed together.

Trigger point therapy is also called myofascial trigger point therapy. It was developed by Dr. Janet Travel in the United States in the 1940s.

What are Trigger Points?

Trigger points are areas of tenderness in a muscle. There are two basic types of trigger points: active and latent.

Active trigger points cause muscular pain and will refer pain and tenderness to another area of the body when pressure is applied. Latent trigger points only exhibit pain when compressed, they do not refer pain to other areas of the body. Latent trigger points are believed to be one of the causes of stiff joints and restricted range of motion of old age.

Trigger points may be associated with myofascial pain syndromes or fibromyalgia. Trigger points are very common. They are also referred to as muscle knots.

Trigger points differ from acupressure points. Acupressure points are concentrations of energy or blockages of the body’s energy pathways. Trigger points are physical phenomena that can be felt by touch.

The pain caused by trigger points may be the biggest cause of disability and loss of time in the workplace.

What Causes Trigger Points?

Trigger points have several causes. Some common causes of trigger points are: birth trauma, an injury sustained in a fall or accident, poor posture, or overexertion.

What is the Purpose of Trigger Point Therapy?

The purpose of trigger point therapy is to eliminate pain and to re-educate the muscles into pain-free habits. After several treatments, the swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain is reduced, range of motion is increased, tension is relieved, and circulation, flexibility and coordination are improved.

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