Even when you start your New Year with exciting goals and plans, often that enthusiasm fades by mid-January. What could be causing that feeling of gloom and weakness? Here’s something to think about when you are looking for answers – boost Vitamin D any time of year.
It is just the way the calendar falls, but the very month we try to go all in is the month that the sky turns gray, the temps go down, and we spend more time indoors. Often we start the New Year feeling low and less energetic. Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin and it could be that a lower Vitamin D level is impacting your mood. Some research suggests that Vitamin D may operate in the brain in a similar fashion to serotonin, which can impact hormones and your overall mood. Hmmm – maybe there is something to getting the winter blahs.
There are a variety of estimates on how many of us have a Vitamin D deficiency. I’ve read that it could be one billion of us worldwide that have low levels of Vitamin D. If you are not sure, a blood test will reveal your level (talk to your healthcare practitioner). Vitamin D is needed for many body functions, like calcium absorption.
Reasons to Boost Vitamin D in the New Year and Any Time of Year
Here are some reasons to explore your status and consider the idea to boost your new year with Vitamin D. These issues could be improved with proper Vitamin D levels:
- Aches and pains – whether it is an ongoing pain in the joints or muscles or muscle pain after your workout, Vitamin D might make it better.
- Cognitive decline – A Rutgers University study showed that over almost 5 years, average age 75, the participants with lowest levels of Vitamin D had the most significant rates of cognitive decline.
- Digestive issues - Irritable bowel syndrome – IBS – is a difficult condition that causes discomfort and impacts quality of life. A study published in 2016 in the British Medical Journal Open Gastroenterology, found that 82% of IBS patients had ‘insufficient Vitamin D levels.’ “The data suggests that they may benefit from supplementation with Vitamin D.”
- Bone health – The fortification of foods with Vitamin D was started in the early 1900’s to resolve the bone weakness condition called rickets. Vitamin D aids your body in absorbing the calcium required for healthy bones. This is so important since bone mass stops increasing as we age.
- Heart health – Vitamin D has been reported to help reduce the risk of heart disease. By helping to lower blood pressure, it has a positive impact for heart and kidney health.
- Overall strength – Vitamin D has been linked to better muscle control. Whether you are a young mom trying to keep up with the little ones or an older adult trying to avoid a fall, sufficient levels of Vitamin D are critical.
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*This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.Testimonials on this website are based on individual experiences which may or may not vary.