We are past the holiday season for 2018 and now fully into 2019. Guess what? It is getting cold out there! Sometimes we experience the blues at this time of year. After all, we may decide to stay indoors more of the time and if we live in an area that gets inclement weather frequently, the roads are more difficult to traverse.
One possible affliction is seasonal affective disorder, and we may be wanting to sleep in longer, we may be craving foods high in carbs, like pizza which can easily be delivered to our doors, we may be less energetic and more lethargic, etc. We may even experience some weight gain over this season. Undoubtedly now would be a good time to check Vitamin D levels, a blood test that can be performed by your health care practitioner.
Speaking of Vitamin D, when your levels are low, you may:
(1) Get ill often and just attribute it to the weather, etc.
(2) Experience being tired and lethargic frequently.
(3) Experience pain in your bones, perhaps due to bone loss.
(4)Suffering from depression, either low grade or clinical.
(5) You may suffer hair loss, as well.
Dr. Josh Axe, a naturopathic physician, explains Vitamin D deficiency. He describes the many purposes that Vitamin D serves in the human body and what deficiencies can result in.
These are just 5 of many other symptoms which could indicate your Vitamin D levels are way too low! It is always best to check with a health care practitioner when deciding what you want to do about it.
Since depression is a very present symptom, check out this blog by Quinton Kiser, who has successfully conquered his depression and is living medication-free and enjoying life more!
If you are keeping up on the latest research in this area of how genes interact with internal and external environments (epigenetics), you may know that depression, which may be connected with Vitamin D deficiency, is very aligned with the diets we consume. Not only that, but our mindfulness practices and levels of sociability, as well as our spirituality practices are all playing a role in how we function as a whole human being, meaning we are not just the sum of our parts! Our course, Prevention: Holistic Strategies for Healthy Living and Avoiding Substance Use, reviews 10 facets of keeping away the blues and promoting exceptional health and healing, including diet, addictive foods, processed foods, moods, behavior, social life, brain function, spirituality, movement, and the all-important balance.
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Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.