Here’s how a lack of sunshine can affect your overall health

Weather can do more than just impact your mood; it can actually impact your health

Pic courtesy: The Telegraph
Pic courtesy: The Telegraph

OrthoCincy bone specialists say that has now been linked to a lack of vitamin D. It’s pretty easy to see this time of year why we don’t get enough of the sunshine vitamin.

Dr Matt DesJardins from OrthoCincy said, “One of the things seasonally as we get into the fall, we make less vitamin D. Our skin is our primary producer of vitamin D, and so as the sun gets lower on the horizon, we don’t make as much vitamin D.”

What’s more is that many people don’t know that the lack of sunshine has now been associated with everything from multiple sclerosis to mood swings to certain cancers and bone loss. You can protect yourself from this by including healthy foods with more vitamin D and calcium, such as dairy foods, fish and green, leafy vegetables.

Body resistance or strength training may actually help as can supplements that you can find at your local drug store. Those supplements may be recommended if you have a blood test that shows low levels of vitamin D.

Vitamin D can also play a role in reducing the risk of fracture during the winter months when there are a lot of slips and falls.

Source: Local 12