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  • Pam DiMaio

BENIFITS FROM MR. SUN

We have roughly over 70 clients here at Internal Kinetics and every winter we hear similar comments from over half our clientele. Loss of motivation, tired, depressed and just an over all unwillingness to move! I myself usually have a client or two fall off around this time of year and come back in the spring for their “summer time bods”! So here we are, smack dab in the middle of winter and feelin’ it!. But their is a reason you are suffering from the winter blues and as it seems, you are not alone!

During the winter months, less natural sunlight is available. Our daily body rhythms become out-of-sync because of the reduced sunlight and lack of serotonin. Not only because of overcast but the chilly air makes us less inclined to step outside. What we are missing out on from Mr. Sun is vitamin D. New research suggest that most Americans are lacking in this crucial vitamin. These deficits are increasing blames for everything from cancer and heart disease to diabetes, according to new research. In fact women are more likely than men to suffer, perhaps because of hormonal factors. 

8 signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.

Getting sick or Infected often

Fatigue and tiredness

Bone and Back pain

Depression

Impaired wound healing

Bone loss

Hair loss

Muscle pain

However mild vitamin D deficiency is not necessarily associated with any symptoms. But don't fear, you can still obtain this vitamin in the winter time! Vitamin D is made in our skin when we are exposed to sunlight. If you have a pet to walk it may be easier for you obtain this while walking fido around the block a few times. But don't let the cold breeze scare you away if you don't have a furry friend to keep you company. Step outside! Enjoy Mother Earth! Go for a walk. Theres no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes! 

Benefits of Vitamin D:

Reduce your risk of flu

Reduce your risk of cancer

Reduce chronic muscle aches

Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease

Reduce depression

Reduce your risk of developing diabetes

Reduce risk of autoimmune decease

Reduce risk of osteoporosis

Getting anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight on your arms, hands and face two to three times a week is enough to enjoy the vitamin D boosting benefits of the sun. You can also find vitamin D supplements at any local vitamin shop. You should be intaking around 1000-4000 IU of vitamin D daily. Just make sure to get the right kind. There are two kinds of vitamin D. D2 is made by irradiating fungus and plant matter. This is not the type produced by your body in response to sun, which is vitamin D3. That is the vitamin you are looking for.

In conclusion there's overwhelming evidence that vitamin D is a key player in your overall health. This is understandable when you consider that it is not "just" a vitamin; it's actually a neuroregulatory steroidal (say that five times fast) hormone that influences nearly 3,000 different genes in your body. How amazing is that?! Receptors that respond to the vitamin have been found in almost every type of human cell, from your brain to your bones. So gimme gimme some of that sun, sun, sun!!!!!!

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