Should We Supplement Vitamin D?

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:  
Fatigue
Generalized aches and pains
Sense of not feeling well
Weight gain
Slow recovery from colds or flus
Restless sleep

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:
Salmon
Sardines
Egg yolks
Tuna
Makeral

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.