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Melbourne Winter Blues

Vitamin D deficiency could be a culprit

couple runningWe all know Melbourne winters are hard work on our bodies and minds. Instead of just putting up with it, get your vitamin D levels checked via a blood test from the doctor.

At the end of summer, they should be around 70nmol L and at the end of winter, an adequate level is 50nmol/L. we are of the opinion that 70 nmol/L is as low as you would want to go.

Here is a list of symptoms and problems that have a causal relationship to low vitamin D levels:

  • Low bone density
  • Bone pain and achiness
  • Not sleeping well
  • Muscle weakness
  • Reduced ability to fight infection
  • Vertigo (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo)
  • Cognitive impairment in older adults
    • Depression or feelings of sadness
    • Cancer, including breast and colorectal
    • Increased risk of COVID infections and other respiratory viruses
    • Severe asthma in children

So it’s really important to get them checked, get some sun and eat foods that will help. These include foods of animal origin such as fish, fish oils, egg yolks and unfortunately beef liver! Vegetarian sources are limited. We have supplements available and they are easily found in the health food shop or pharmacy. Of course it goes without saying that an adjustment can help shift a negative state and ease weary winter Melbourne bones!

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