Let the sunshine in.
Many individuals who report symptoms of depression, especially during the Winter months, have an insufficient level of Vitamin D in their bodies, when the amount of natural light is less than during other seasons. If you work indoors or wear alot of sunscreen, or it's been the kind of Winter like we have been having here in the Northeast, our body cannot make Vitamin D as well, and as a result, women, in particular, are at risk of Vitamin D deficiency. Erin LeBlanc, MD, a vitamin D researcher for Kaiser Permanente in her research has noted that "80% of women have low levels of Vitamin D and have reported fatigue, depression, muscle pain, bone pain and weight gain." If you believe that your Vitamin D levels might be suspect, go to your doctor and request testing. Never take any supplements without the advice of your healthcare professional. Foods that are rich in Vitamin D are: orange juice, mushrooms, fortified milk, soymilk, cereal, chicken, broccoli, fish, and fish oil.
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