February 2018

Vitamin D Deficiency and the Northern Climate

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that allows you to absorb calcium and promotes bone and immune health. This is why milk is fortified with vitamin D. Our body has the ability to produce this vitamin by itself, however, we require light to do so. This can be a problem for those who live in northern climates, particularly in the winter when sunlight is limited. While more research is being completed on Vitamin D, it may play a role in preventing insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and multiple sclerosis. To determine if your body is low on Vitamin D, a blood test can be ordered by your Doctor. Some signs and symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency could include bone and back pain, muscle pain, getting sick often, fatigue, depression, and even bone or hair loss. The current recommended intake of Vitamin D is 600-800 IU for adults. We offer a variety of Vitamin D supplements, the chances are, living in our northern climate, that you may not be getting the daily dose required to help your body have healthy bones and immune system.

Foods to increase your Vitamin D intake:
 Fatty fish (salmon and tuna)
 Fortified milk
 Beef liver, Egg yolks

Show your love this month by referring your family and friends to our office! There are many reasons why you and your loved ones deserve to feel their best! Chiropractic care can help.

Your Emotional Health May Affect Your Physical Health

This time of year can be a struggle for many people. We are restless because it is mid-winter and many of us haven’t seen the sun in days. Some suffer from seasonal affective disorder, have high stress jobs, or struggle with anxiety or depression. All of these can lead to negative emotional health that can affect how you feel physically. Some physical signs of poor emotional health could be back pain, upper back and neck stiffness, headaches, insomnia, abdominal discomforts, extreme fatigue, high blood pressure, etc. Be aware of these physical manifestations, particularly if you know you suffer from mental health disorders. Chiropractic can help you get through your winter aches and pains by addressing some of the physical signs discussed above. To help improve your emotional health you can try to seek out a mental health professional, get on a regular exercise regiment, surround yourself with positive people, be kind to yourself, treat yourself to something you enjoy, and have some fun!

Fun Health Facts:
 Reading can help lower levels of unhealthy stress hormones by 67%!
 Laughing is heart healthy and may increase blood flow by 20%!

We now have expanded office hours to better suit your work schedules! Dr. Anderson and Dr. Ryan are happy to get you feeling better again in this New Year!