Vitamin D3: Your Dose of Sunshine and Winter Wellness
We often get so caught up planning for the holidays that we can neglect our self-care routines right when we need them most, when the sun disappears and we are left to fend for our own supply of vitamin D.
This time of year, symptoms from anxiety, depression, and insomnia can devastate your quality of life, making the busy holidays seem overwhelming rather than joyful.
If you have a vitamin D deficiency, not only can you endure mental and emotional difficulties, but you can suffer from physical ailments as well:
Frequent colds and infections from invading pathogens
Fatigue and decreased energy
Slowed healing after injury or surgery
Bone pain and density loss without proper calcium absorption
Muscle and other chronic pain
While symptoms from vitamin D deficiencies are usually subtle, it can still contribute to conditions as significant as osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, and debilitating depression, severely impacting your health from behind the scenes.
If you avoid vitamin-D-rich foods such as fish and dairy, have minimal sun exposure, darker skin, are overweight, or over 65 years old, you could be at greater risk for a vitamin D deficiency and the accompanying symptoms.
This month, and throughout the rest of the season, Dr. Jordan encourages those living in overcast areas like Northeast Ohio to manage their vitamin D intake at least until the sunny days of spring return.
At Optimal Wellness Center, we encourage our patients to become active participants in their own health. For those seeking to increase their vitamin D levels, we have a variety of trusted brands and methods to choose from, including sprays, drops, pills, and the expertise of our practitioners.