Vitamin D is naturally produced in our skin when we are exposed to sunlight. In the Pacific Northwest it is easy for us to become deficient in vitamin D during the winter months. For many of us it is crucial that we supplement vitamin D during this time.
Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency:
Generalized aches and pains
Sense of not feeling well
Slow recovery from colds or flus
Natural food sources of Vitamin D include many fish. Look for wild caught fish or sustainably harvested fish. Avoid farm raised versions.
Foods High in Vitamin D:
Supplementation of vitamin D is recommended for people in our latitude:
At Inner Gate Acupuncture we carry a high quality 5000 iu vitamin D pill. We feel that 5000 iu a day is a safe dosage to be used throughout the dark months of the year. Please consult with one of our practitioners about supplementation of vitamin D.
Vitamin D has been shown to improve health in many ways:
Vitamin D is best known for helping the body regulate the absorption of calcium. Without enough vitamin D our calcium levels drop causing weak bones and teeth. Recent research confirms that adequate vitamin D reduces the risk of multiple sclerosis, heart disease and your likelihood of catching the flu. Vitamin D has also been shown to reduce the symptoms of depression.