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Cold Weather and Mood

Cold Weather and Mood

Well, this post is a little late. I didn't have as much extra time to write over the past two weeks, but better late than never!

It's warming up out there and the snow is melting, but I hear it's only temporary. I wanted to finish the three part series pertaining to cold weather, so here it goes.

Do you feel depressed or "blue" during the winter months? Most of us do, and there's a reason for it. During the cold winter months, we don't get enough sun. This means that we don't get enough Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a vital role in our health, so it is an important topic to cover today.

Vitamin D is responsible for allowing calcium to be used in our bodies. We have all heard how important calcium is, but taking calcium alone is not enough. If you can't use it then it's just a waste of time. Calcium is an electrolyte that is necessary for strengthening our bones and allowing muscles to do their job. A person can die if they don't have enough calcium.

With that being said, Vitamin D is helpful in elevating your mood, and it is great for combating inflammation in your body. The sun is the best source of this often overlooked vitamin, but it is best absorbed through the skin of your forearms and face. These areas don't see much sun when it's cold outside, do they? That's why you need to take a vitamin D supplement regularly to ensure you get enough.

How much is enough? I recommend between 5000 and 10,000 IU's a day. You can't overdose on this vitamin, so it's safe to take this much. You want to get Vitamin D3. Another vitamin, K2, is good to take with it to help your body deposit calcium in your bones instead of in your arteries. Our office carries a supplement manufactured by Anabolic Labs called Ultra D3 K2 that is great, if you're interested.

Here are some tips for Vitamin D:

  • Get adequate sun on your face and arms when possible
  • Sunscreen blocks Vitamin D, so try to put it on after you have been in the sun for 15 minutes to ensure adequate Vitamin D absorption
  • 5000 to 10,000 IU's a day is what I recommend for most people, but you might want to be careful if you are taking certain medications. Your MD or pharmacist can tell you if your meds will conflict with a higher dose of Vitamin D.
  • Take Calcium Lactate, which is the easiest to absorb, but be sure to take Magnesium and Potassium as well. These will help your body function properly.

If you have any questions, you can call the office for more information. (937)864-1404

As always, I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog.

Here to Help,

Dr. B

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