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Friday, October 14, 2016

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Vitamin D, or the “sunshine vitamin,” plays a vital role in keeping your body healthy during recovery. In addition to boosting the feel-good hormone serotonin, vitamin D is crucial for your bones, skin, and mental health – and it may even help you fend off that pesky cold or flu this season. 

Unfortunately, if you’re in addiction recovery you may be deficient; drugs and alcohol interfere with your body’s ability to absorb vitamin D. Luckily, a visit to your healthcare provider and few lifestyle modifications can easily boost those levels.

How Can I Tell If I’m Vitamin-D Deficient?
A simple blood test can detect if your levels are low. Signs of a vitamin D deficiency include:
• Chronic ache in your bones
• A blue mood, or feeling depressed
• Muscle weakness
• Excessive sweating
• Daytime sleepiness
• Decreased endurance

How Much Vitamin D Do I Need? 
For most adults, general recommendations are as follows:
• 600 IU for those ages one to 70
• 800 IU for those 71 and older
• 1,000 IU for those with low levels; check with your healthcare provider first

What’s the Best Way to Boost My Vitamin D?
Your best bet: Head outdoors (without sunscreen) for 15 minutes per day and soak up some sunshine. You may also consider adding several vitamin-D rich or fortified foods into your diet, including:
  • Swordfish 
  • Salmon 
  • Tuna 
  • Sardines 
  • Milk 
  • Yogurt 
  • Fortified milk, orange juice, bread, and cereals 
  • Eggs (vitamin D is in the yolk) 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Beef liver 
  • Swiss cheese 
Hybrid Addiction Treatment at Complete Harmony 
Complete Harmony provides clients with an array of holistic modalities that complement the 12-step experience, including nutrition and exercise planning. To learn more about how we can help heal your body, mind, and soul, call us today: 866-930-4673. .
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