Clinically depressed…. I was sure that was my problem.
I was exhausted every morning and dragging myself to get a triple shot latte to even function. Then around 2:30pm, I would find myself falling asleep while working on the computer! And worse yet, around 6pm I was ready to take a nap and would plop on the couch in front of the TV and doze until it was time to go to bed. My back was killing me, my moods were erratic and I felt listless and morose about my future.
I had to do something! Since I was not in the habit of seeing a family doctor, I went to a naturopath for help. What she said really surprised me. She revealed that my Vitamin D levels were so low that she couldn’t figure out how I even got out of bed. It was well below normal functioning levels. She recommended a high dose of Vitamin D of 10,000 IUD’s a day for a couple of weeks, then 5,000 for the following weeks.
My world CHANGED!
Within days, I was able to get up the FIRST time the alarm went off, I did not have the afternoon slump, I had energy to function throughout the day, and I even felt my brain feeling less foggy. After a week, I had plenty of energy get things done in the evening and felt optimistic about my future. I felt ALIVE again! All because of this tiny vitamin.
As it turns out, Vitamin D is actually a steroid like hormone. This hormone regulates over 200 genes and is essential for growth and development in the body. It is frequently deficient due to our eating habits, lack of sun exposure, and low food nutrients. A recent study states that 75% of Americans are deficient in this vital element. Typical symptoms of deficiency of this vital element include:
1. Chronic fatigue
2. Frequent infections and illnesses
3. Slow wound healing
4. Lower back pain
5. Hair loss
6. Muscle aches and pains
7. Mood swings and depression
8. Brain fog
9. Fibromyalgia symptoms
10. Osteoporosis and weak bones
11. Alzheimer’s symptoms
15. Autoimmune disease
So before consider asking about a prescription for Prozac or Cymbalta, have your hormone levels checked to see if you can alleviate your symptoms with a supplement. In fact, it’s probably not a bad idea to add it to your daily routine anyway. Just be sure to take it with your biggest and fattiest meal of the day. Vitamin D is fat-soluble and needs fats to activate. (In other words, do not take it on an empty stomach or small meals or it won’t be absorbed in your system as well.) Be sure to ask your doctor for a vitamin D test in order to assess if this is right for you. We are not doctors, and we don’t play one either. These are serious symptoms, but we want to offer options for your best health.