What is Lupus?

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Lupus is a disease that causes your immune system to mistakenly attack healthy tissue. It’s estimated that about 1.5 million people in America have been diagnosed with lupus, with about 16,000 new cases each year.

The cause of lupus is still a mystery. It is speculated that it develops in response to a combination of factors both inside and outside your body, including: hormones, genetics, and your environment.

Women are more prone to the disease than men. And, women who are African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American are more likely to get lupus than Caucasian women.

What Are Some of the Symptoms?

Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because it varies person to person and symptoms come and go. No single test has been developed that can diagnose lupus, so doctors still rely on your medical history, blood work, urinalysis, and assessment of both your kidneys and liver. 

If you think you may have lupus, please see your health care professional.

How Can it be Treated?

Treatment for lupus depends on your symptoms. The most common treatments used to control the disease include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Antimalarial drugs
  • Corticosteroids
  • Immune suppressants

There is still much research being done to better understand this disease. If you are on prescribed medications for lupus or other conditions, and you need help affording your prescriptions, download a free Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card or request a card be mailed to you. Most experts agree, taking your medicines as prescribed improves overall health and wellbeing and lowers cost of health care for everyone.

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Updated: 4/29/20

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Living With An Autoimmune Disease

An autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system identifies harmless molecules or cells in your body as enemies and attacks them. Two common autoimmune diseases that affect millions of people are lupus and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Below are some accounts of what it’s like living with these illnesses. If you have been diagnosed with lupus or RA, please consult with your doctor about a treatment plan that’s right for you. 

Living with Lupus
Symptoms_of_SLELupus is known as “systemic lupus erythematous”, which is a problematic, chronic disorder that causes the immune system to attack any organ. One 45 -year-old female patient shares her experience living with lupus:
“I have had lupus for 13 years. It took 4 years to diagnose it. My blood tests did not show the normal results for a positive lupus test but the doctor said let’s try you on Plaquenil. I responded to the Plaquenil so we decided I have lupus. I was doing fine with no flare ups until last March when I was hospitalized for
pain management. I now have a positive ANA [test] (antinuclear antibody) and low C3 as well as a low Vitamin D. I have recently been struggling with severe hip muscle and knee pain. I am on steroids and I can’t seem to get an answer from any doctor to explain my severe pain in the knees and hips. My CRP does not indicate inflammation.”

Another woman in her late 30’s shares her experience living with lupus:
“I was diagnosed with lupus last year, 2013. I had tickling while walking, butterfly rashes on my face, palms of my hands were dark with sores, ulcers in my nose, painful muscles, fatigue and joint pains. I am on prednisolone drugs. This condition really destabilized my life but now I am more informed…” 


Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis primarily attacks your joints, but may also affect your skin, heart, and lungs.  One 45 -year-old female patient shares her experience living with RA:
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One morning I woke up with rheumatoid arthritis. The onset seemed overnight. Weeks passed until I was diagnosed. I had a severe case. The depression was overwhelming at first. Everything changed. My life does not allow immobility. I had months of pain with little progress. My only hope was starting new medications. The methotrexate started to work. Finally, I received Enbrel injections. It took months before I improved. I experienced two flare-ups, but they quickly passed. I still have fears about the future, but things do get better with time.”

Treatment
Treatment for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis often includes a combination of medications and therapy. Click here for what’s commonly prescribed for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis38794917_lMost importantly, doctors recommend getting enough sleep and exercise as well as maintaining a healthy diet to keep a healthy weight. 

Remember, the Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card may help you provide savings on medication for you or your loved ones. Simply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link or text CARD to 95577. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how the free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video: wtree.us/video 

WH_GPS_logo_web_LORESYou can also look up your prescription savings with our card using the wtree.us/SavingsTool. Simply provide the drug name and zip code to find the best price at a pharmacy near you. 

Sources:
http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/lupus-and-ra
http://www.livestrong.com/article/26158-symptoms-lupus-vs.-rheumatoid-arthritis/
http://www.lupus.org/resources/15-questions-lupus-and-overlap-disease-syndromes
http://www.lupus.org/answers/entry/lupus-tests 
http://www.medicinenet.com/systemic_lupus/patient-comments-478.htm 
http://www.medicinenet.com/rheumatoid_arthritis/patient-comments-1030-page2.htm 

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Updated: 4/28/2020

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Mark H., Recipient, Watertree Health Rep Receives Kidney from High School Friend

Mark H. is a Watertree Health® Rep based in South Florida who has proven since day one his dedication to our mission to help make prescriptions more affordable and support our nonprofit partners. 

“What most attracted me to pursue an opportunity with Watertree Health were the charities–Make-A-Wish®, ASPCA®, and the National Kidney Foundation® (NKF) are all special to me in different ways,” says Mark. “NKF was particularly interesting to me, as I was already on the path of wanting to help their charity because of how it impacted my life,” Mark shared.

In July of 2019, Mark underwent kidney transplant surgery and was given a second lease on life by a friend from high school, who was his donor. This is also around the time that he was introduced to the National Kidney Foundation and started getting involved in their local events.

Mark (right) and his donor (left) a few days post-surgery

Mark (right) and his donor (left) a few days post-surgery

“On my first day visiting pharmacies with the NKF card, I met a very nice tech in Miami. She explained that her dad was waiting for a kidney transplant. She was very eager to use the card and help more people like me and her dad.” 

Fueled by passion and urgency, the National Kidney Foundation is a lifeline for all people affected by kidney disease. As pioneers of scientific research and innovation, NKF focuses on the whole patient through the lens of kidney health. Relentless in their work, they enhance lives through action, education, and accelerating change.

“With what I have been through, being able to raise awareness and donations for NKF, plus give hope to people like this tech’s Dad, makes what I do extremely relevant.”

Thank you, Mark, for your passion and commitment! Watertree Health and the National Kidney Foundation are so grateful for you!

Mark four months post kidney transplant at a South Florida Kidney Walk with former MIami Heat basketball player, Alonzo Mourning, who had a kidney transplant in 2003.

Mark four months post kidney transplant at a South Florida Kidney Walk with former Miami Heat basketball player, Alonzo Mourning, who had a kidney transplant in 2003.

Smoking

257652-1-0 The general consensus on smoking is that it is a habit that poses significant health risks to those who smoke and to those around them. But smoking is more than a habit – it’s an addiction, one we have not bothered to include when we talk about alcohol and drug addiction.

What’s in a cigarette?

When you take a puff on a cigarette, you are inhaling any where between 4,000-7,000 different chemicals and almost 70 of them can lead to cancer, more than 500 have been approved by the government, for use in the manufacturer of cigarettes.  A partial list of these ingredients include:

  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Nitrogen Oxides
  • Hydrogen Cyanides
  • Ammonia Methane
  • Arsenic
  • Nicotine
  • Tar
  • Formaldehyde

This toxic pool of chemicals can damage not only the lungs and a person’s airway system, it can eventually damage the body’s ability to get rid of images-10mucus and germs which can lead to emphysema and bronchitis. That’s just part of the damage that smoking can cause.

Nicotine Addiction

Nicotine is a substance made naturally by several plants including the tobacco plant. It is considered an antiherbivore and used as an insecticide. In humans, nicotine acts as a stimulant raising the feeling of alertness, euphoria, and a sensation of being relaxed.

Nicotine addiction has been compared to heroin addiction because it is one of the most difficult habits to kick. Smokers who attempt to quit experience significant withdrawal symptoms that often include cravings, a sense of emptiness, anxiety, depression, moodiness, irritability, and inattentiveness. The fact that cigarette companies continued increasing the levels of nicotine by almost 10% for 6 years, between 1998 and 2004, has made it even harder for regular smokers to give it up.

How to Quit

There is no magic pill to help you stop smoking. Kicking the habit is often a battle of wills. You might think that just knowing what smoking is doing to your body, brain cells and to the people you love, might be enough to help you put it down forever, but addictions are seldom easy to walk away from. Today, those seeking help with quitting have a number of ways to get started, and to complete the journey toward kicking the smoking habit.

The Mayo Clinic suggests the following:

  • Nicotine replacement therapy – Something to speak with your health care professional about. There are nose sprays and inhalers o-QUIT-SMOKING-HEART-facebookavailable, but make sure that you get your doctor’s approval before using any of these.
  • Avoid triggers – Become aware of what things in daily life push your buttons and makes you reach for a cigarette. If you know what these triggers are, you can create a plan to help you avoid them or to help you work through them.
  • Delay – Feel an urge to light up? Find a way to delay having that cigarette for as long as you can – distract the urge by doing something you like or by keeping yourself busy.
  • Chew on it – Having something in your mouth is usually what a cigarette is all about. Substitute the cigarette with sugarless gun, a carrot, celery stick or other healthy snacks.
  • Don’t have ‘just one’ – Avoid the little voice inside telling you that you can stop at one. Don’t believe it. Remind yourself of the goal and why you are doing this. Picture how much better it feels not to have hot smoke coursing through your lungs.

Remember that every day without smoking, means another day your body has to repair the damage – every day without a cigarette means one day closer to a healthier you.

If you are on a prescribed medication to help you stop smoking, or for any condition, and you need help affording your prescriptions, download a free Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card or request a card be mailed to you. It provides significant discounts on almost all recommended medications (brand and generic). Most experts agree, taking your medicines as prescribed improves overall health and wellbeing and lowers cost of health care for everyone. 

References: Lung.org, Mayo Clinic, PBS, Medical News Today, Cancer.org, Smokefree.gov, WebMD

By WHBlogger
07/24/2014
Updated: 4/24/20

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Hay Fever: What You Never Knew

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In the past year, over 19.2 million people were diagnosed with hay fever, which is an allergic reaction to pollens and other irritants in the air. 

What Triggers Hay Fever?
The number one cause is pollen. It sets off  Other triggers may include:

  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Bugs
  • Pets

How Can I Reduce the Symptoms?
Here are some steps you can take to reduce your hay fever:

  1. Avoid cutting your grass.
  2. Never camp or spend long periods of time outside when the pollen count is high. Vacuum your house regularly.
  3. Wear sunglasses to help protect your eyes.
  4. Turn on the AC instead of lowering your windows when traveling via car.
  5. Invest in an indoor air purifier. 

Can My Hay Fever Medicine be Discounted? 
Yes, the Watertree Health Prescription Discount card can provide savings on your hay fever medications. Over-the-counter medicines may also receive a discount when presented to your pharmacist with a prescription signed by your doctor. Simply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link or text CARD to 95577. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how the free Prescription Discount Card works, check out our video: wtree.us/video

You can also look up your prescription savings with our card using the wtree.us/SavingsTool. Simply provide the drug name and zip code to find the best price at a pharmacy near you. 

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Updated: 4/23/20

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Asthma in Summer

For children and adults who suffer with asthma, summer can be both a blessing and a curse. 

Asthma attacks are linked to an increase in pollen, heat, and rain followed by high temperatures that allow the growth of mold. Additionally, asthma in summer is caused by poorer air quality, which can affect the average person, but has more serious consequences for people suffering with chronic breathing ailments (asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, allergies). Spending more time outdoors in warm weather can help alleviate some symptoms. 

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  • Changes in weather
  • Grill smoke, campfire smoke, as well as cigarette smoke
  • Chlorine can induce asthma-like symptoms in some people
  • Smog and air pollution

Always be prepared for seasonal triggers and make sure not to avoid taking your prescribed medications. And, if necessary, never leave your home for long periods without an inhaler–many triggers are unavoidable.

Knowing what might cause a mild to severe asthma attack is the best protection and will ensure that sufferers will have a safe and enjoyable summer.

WTH_webcard_printed BBBIf you are on prescribed medications for any condition, and you need help affording your prescriptions, download a free Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card or request a card be mailed to you. It provides significant discounts on almost all recommended medications (brand and generic). Most experts agree, taking your medicines as prescribed improves overall health and wellbeing and lowers cost of health care for everyone.

References: Medicine.net, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Live Science, Hello Life, WebMD
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Updated: 4/23/20

360 Approach to Women’s Heart Health

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. — heart attacks kill more women than all cancers, respiratory diseases and Alzheimer disease combined, causing 1 in 3 deaths per year. More than 48 Million American women are living with or at risk for heart disease.

If you are an African American woman or a Latina, you “have more risk factors than Caucasian women.” Here are the alarming facts:

African American Women

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  • Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 50,000 African American women annually.
  • Of African American women ages 20 and older, 49 percent have heart diseases.
  • Only 1 in 5 African American women believes she is personally at risk.
  • Only 52 percent of African American women are aware of the signs and symptoms of heart attack.
  • Only 36 percent of African American women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk.

Latinas

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  • Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.
  • Only 1 in 3 Hispanic women are aware that heart disease is their number one killer.
  • Only 3 in 10 Hispanic women say they have been informed that they are at a higher risk.
  • Only 1 in 4 Hispanic women is aware of treatment options.
  • Hispanic women are more likely to take preventive actions for their family when it comes to health.

But you don’t have to be a victim. And you don’t have to become part of the statistics. You can apply a 360 approach in fighting heart disease – reducing the risk of becoming at risk by knowing the warning signs and adopting a proactive role in maintaining good health.

The Mayo Clinic lists the most common heart attack symptoms in women and they are often more subtle than what we have come to expect. Women are more likely than men, to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as:
Infographic Showing signs of a heart attack in women.


Womenshealth.gov recommends these preventative measures that can reduce a woman’s risk of heart disease:

Don’t smoke. Women who smoke increase their risk of heart attacks. Quitting can help significantly lower your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.

Know your blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease. Have your blood pressure tested every 1 to 2 years. Work with your health professional to lower and manage high blood pressure.

Get tested for diabetes. Diabetics have high blood glucose, which is often symptomless. So get a regular blood glucose test. If you are diabetic, make sure to follow your doctor’s advice and treatment (whether it’s pills or insulin shot). A woman with diabetes has three to seven time higher than normal risk of developing heart disease.

Know your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Being overweight puts you at higher risk. Maintain a healthy weight relative to your Body Mass Index (a calculation of weight and height). You can start by changing up your diet and exercising:

  • Add more fruits and vegetables, as well as grain to your menu.

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Exercise and a healthy diet will improve your overall wellbeing, physical and emotional health.

Limit your alcohol intake. You don’t have to give up your occasional glass of wine, beer or other alcoholic beverages. Just manage your intake.

Take control of your stress. Find healthy ways to manage daily stressors and their impact. Find time to do the things that you enjoy – with friends or solo. Taking charge of stress can considerably decrease your chances of having a heart disease.

Remember, if you are on prescribed medication for diabetes, cholesterol management, high blood pressure or any of the other conditions that make you a high risk candidate for heart disease, and you need help affording your prescriptions, download a free Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card or request your card be mailed to you. It provides significant discounts on almost all recommended medications (brand and generic). Most experts agree, taking your medicines as prescribed improves overall health and wellbeing and lowers cost of health care for everyone.

By WHblogger

Updated: 4/23/20

References:  The American Heart Association; womenheart.org; hngnews.com; cdc.gov; sciencedaily.com

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What is OCD and How is it Treated?

17348107_lThe term “OCD” is sometimes casually used to describe a person who is being overly clean or organized. However, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a very serious anxiety disorder that can consume the lives of people who have this condition.

OCD symptoms, simply put, are a combination of obsessive thoughts and habitual behaviors that often become uncontrollable without professional help. One of the most difficult things to understand about OCD is that the sufferer often knows they are being irrational, but continues to act on the obsessions regardless. 

Types of OCD 
There are two types of OCD, though many people exhibit both: obsessions and compulsive behaviors.

Obsessions are recurring thoughts that loop in your brain. Fixating on negative thoughts about events or other things that cannot be changed may become an obsession. These thoughts can interfere with the person’s ability to live out daily routines. 

Compulsions are certain habits that are enacted time and again. Compulsions usually manifest as a physical behavior to eliminate obsessions. They usually foster terrible anxieties that add to the problems caused by OCD. 

Every OCD case is unique, but there are several common traits that include:

  • Irrational fear of disease, bacteria, and contamination.
  • Repeating highly superstitious or religious behaviors.
  • A fear of causing harm, whether it is to yourself or loved ones.
  • Repeating the same action over and over again, for example, locking and relocking the door again and again.
  • Recurring negative thoughts. 
  • Excessively checking in on others’ wellbeing.
  • Lining up objects and cleaning the environment until it is “perfect”.
  • The need for extreme order in one’s personal life.
  • Being unable to throw anything out.

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1. Exposure and response-prevention therapy is the most common method for treating OCD. It repeatedly forces patients to face their fears, to uncover the core of their obsession. For those with an irrational fear of disease, they may be asked to drink out of a public water fountain or handle something they perceive as unclean.

2. Cognitive therapy teaches patients the best ways to respond to obsessions and how to avoid compulsions. Often, doctors prescribe SSRIs, or selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, to rebalance serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is responsible for regulation of mood, appetite, and sleep. 

The International OCD Foundation offers more information for people who suffer from the disease.  OCD help comes in a variety of ways, but often requires the guiding hand of a professional.

DID YOU KNOW?: There are a surprisingly high number of celebrities that suffer from OCD.  To name a few notable cases: actress Cameron Diaz, singer Justin Timberlake, soccer star David Beckham, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and radio host Howard Stern. 

Remember, if you or someone you know needs help affording their prescriptions, click on the “Get Your Free Card” link or text CARD to 95577. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how the free Prescription Discount Card works, check out our video: wtree.us/video 

You can also look up your prescription savings with our card using the wtree.us/SavingsTool. Simply look up savings by drug name and zip code to find the best price at a pharmacy near you. 

By WHBlogger 

Updated: 4/23/20

Instructions and Disclaimer: The content on this website is designed for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses. Always consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your health. 

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Sources:

http://iocdf.org/about/
http://www.anxietybc.com/resources/ocd.php
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/obssessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd.htm

Can Some Medicines Cause Sun Sensitivity?

Continuing Series: Questions From Consumers

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TIP: Use an umbrella on sunny days to shield yourself from the sun

Yes, certain drugs may cause high sensitivity to sunlight (also called photosensitivity). It is also important to note that not every person who uses sun-sensitive drugs has a reaction. 

There are two main types of negative effects:

  1. Photoallergy occurs when UV sunlight causes a structural change in the medicine put on your skin. The reaction usually includes an eczema-like rash, which often happens a few days after exposure. The rash may also spread to other body parts that were not exposed to the sun.
  1. Phototoxicity is the most common type of  reaction. It can occur when your skin is exposed to the sun after certain medications are injected, taken by mouth, or applied to the skin. When the drug absorbs UV light and releases it into the skin, cell death occurs–which looks like a really bad sunburn. Within a few days, symptoms appear on the exposed areas of the body. Among the most common phototoxic drugs are the tetracycline family, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen), and amiodarone (Cordarone, a heart medication); see full list below.
If either of these conditions occur, see your doctor immediately. 

Ibuprofen bottle and tablets.  Label is not real.Sun-sensitizing drugs can also aggravate existing skin conditions, including eczema and herpes, and may inflame scar tissue. Sun exposure can also worsen autoimmune disorders, such as lupus.

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Yes, it can help lessen the impact of sun exposure. HOWEVER, some ingredients in sunscreens are potentially photosensitizing, so in rare circumstances, it could worsen symptoms. 

Most Common Sun-Sensitizing Drugs (Prescription & Over-The-Counter)

  • Antibiotics: doxycycline, tetracycline, ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, levofloxacin, trimethoprim
  • Antidepressants: doxepin (Sinequan); and other tricyclics; St. John’s wort
  • Antifungals: griseofulvin
  • Antihistamine: promethazine, diphenhydramine
  • Antihypertensives (blood pressure drugs): hydrochlorothiazide (also found in some blood pressure medicines: Aldactazide, Capozide),diltiazem (Cardizem)
  • Benzocaine
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs: simvastatin, atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin
  • Chemotherapy drugs: methotrexate, flutamide, 5-FU, gemcitabine,doxorubicin
  • Diuretics: furosemide, bumetanide, hydrolorothiazide
  • Hypoglycemics: glipizide, glyburide
  • Neuroleptic drugs: Chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, perphenazine, thioridazine, thiothixene
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories: ibuprofen, ketoprofen, naproxen,celecoxib, piroxicam
  • PDT Pro photosensitizers: 5-aminolevulinic acid, methyl-5-aminolevulinic acid
  • Retinoids: isotretinoin, acitretin
  • Sulfonamides: sulfadiazine, sulfamethoxazole, sulfasalazine, sulfisoxazole
Reference: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/sun-sensitizing-drugs?page=2

By WHBlogger

Updated: 4/23/20


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3 Essential Vitamins For Your Mental Health

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about supplements that can help your mental health, but can they help you and which ones should you choose? Not all labels state their benefits or purpose, and it’s often unclear which version to purchase. Below are three supplements considered important for your brain (and the rest of your body) that we suggest you discuss with your doctor at your next visit.  

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Vitamin B has been called the “must-have” of the vitamin world. It affects everything in your body, from your nerves to the way you absorb nutrients from food. Essentially, vitamin B keeps your body working like it should. For example, vitamin B3 is a key component in regulating serotonin–a neurotransmitter that helps relay messages from one area of the brain to another, impacting a variety of psychological and other body functions.. When choosing this vitamin, you may want to look for a complex version including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12 to help boost your brainpower, alleviate anxiety, and make you feel more energized.

Vitamin B may be particularly helpful to people who have problems with stress and anxiety. In fact, people with agoraphobia (extreme fear of crowded spaces) have been found to have deficiencies of this vitamin. According to some research, the B vitamin Inositol was found to be as effective as an anti-anxiety medication, but with fewer side effects.

vitamin-DVitamin D may be another important nutrient to maintain. It can be found in fish oils, but can also be produced in our own bodies when exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun. If you live in a climate with changing seasons, you may want to ask your doctor about taking a vitamin D supplement in the colder months. Some people with Seasonal Affective Disorder may find some relief when taking it during the winter months.

Vitamin D has also been shown to help with anxiety, depression, and fibromyalgia symptoms. It may help strengthen the immune system, as well, and is even thought to protect against cancer.

probiotics

The third supplement to consider are probiotics, which regulate the flora in your intestines for optimal digestive health. What many people don’t know is that they are also linked to mental health. According to Dr. Perlmutter in his book Brain Maker, a healthy gut means a healthy brain. For the first time, researchers show a connection between intestinal bacteria and its effect on our mental states. For example, Dr. Perlmutter‘s patients with anxiety, depression, and even neurological disorders such as autism, saw drastic improvements when prescribed probiotics that boost good bacteria in the digestive system. 

Remember, the Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card may help you save on medication for you or your loved onesincluding vitamins with a signed prescription from your doctor. Simply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how the free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video: wtree.us/video 

WH_GPS_logo_web_LORESYou can also look up your prescription savings with our card using the wtree.us/SavingsTool. Simply provide the drug name and zip code to find the best price at a pharmacy near you. 

By WHBlogger 

10/30/2015 
Updated: 4/23/20

Instructions and Disclaimer: The content on this website is designed for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses. Always consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your health. 

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Sources:

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/mental-health/8-nutrients-to-help-beat-anxiety
http://www.naturemade.com/resource-center/articles-and-videos/energy/get-buzzing-with-bs
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/04/gut-bacteria-mental-healt_n_6391014.html