Fun in the Sun may Improve Mood & Health
Have you ever heard Vitamin D referred to as the “sunshine vitamin”? There is ample research now available that links vitamin D deficiency to depression, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and the list goes on and on. As you can imagine, a growing portion of our community is suffering from one or more of these health problems. Some theories include that we are not outside as much as past generations once were or that our propensity to protect ourselves from the sun’s rays with sunscreen has hindered absorption of the same UVB rays that naturally produce vitamin D. What can you do?
1. Talk with your primary care provider and behavioral health specialist about the potential impact of low vitamin D on your health.
2. Incorporate foods rich in vitamin D into your diet (you can find these in a basic web search).
3. Allow yourself and your family time for fun in the sun this summer!
Talk with your primary care provider; you may only need as little as 30 minutes per day.
Take steps every day to live a safe and healthy life: Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains every day. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat and alcohol. Eat a balanced diet to help maintain a healthy weight.
Be active: Take a walk, clean your house, go shopping go to the gym, just keep moving!
Protect yourself and your family: Wear helmets, seat belts, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Wash hands to stop the spread of germs. Avoid smoking and breathing second hand smoke.
Manage Stress: Make an effort to balance work, home and recreation. Make time to relax. Get a good night sleep. If you need help, ask for it.
Get Check¬ups: Ask your doctor how you can lower your risk for health problems. Find out what exams, tests and shots you need and when to get them. See your doctor for regular check¬ups.