If you live in a northern state, Alaska, or Canada, you may feel lethargic, depressed, or tired a lot in winter. Be assured that the problem is not you, but where you live. In fact, it has been proven that a lack of sunlight during winter months deeply affects your health, your diet, and vitamin absorption. Here is how a lack of sunlight affects your health, and what you can do to fix it.
Sunlight on Your Health
Your body needs healthy doses of sunlight on a daily basis. The sun encourages your body to create vitamin D, which you need for healthy teeth, hair, skin, and bones. The sun also encourages the production of mood-boosting chemicals in the brain by getting the body to produce the basic mineral building blocks for these happy chemicals. When you do not get enough sunlight, none of this is produced properly in your body. The result is a decline in mood, a decline in bone density (at a time when you most need dense strong bones in case you fall on a patch of ice!), and a dip in your immunity to contagious seasonal illnesses. You may find that you are sick more often, and so you refuse to go outside while you are ill, thereby making it worse, not better, when more sunlight could help.
Sunlight on Your Diet
People eat poorly in winter. They do not take in the right foods and nourishment their bodies need. They will often eat salted meats that do not provide enough iron to boost the blood cells and immunity, and they do not eat enough citrus fruits for vitamin C and vitamin B's they need. Their brains get sluggish, and their bodies follow. It has to be a major effort with awareness of what you are eating and what you need to eat during this time of year to change how your body and brain feel.
What You Can Do About It
You could take vitamin supplements, but those have to work their way through your bloodstream via your stomach, digestive tract, and intestines. Instead, consider IV vitamin therapy. All the vitamins and minerals you really need to stay truly healthy in winter can be delivered directly into your bloodstream via an IV needle and drip. You will have to ask a licensed nurse for this treatment, and you will need it at least once a month during the winter months.