Does my body actually suffer vitamin deficiency in the winter?

Does my body actually suffer vitamin deficiency in the winter?

I was chatting with one of my Danbury friends the other day and she joked about how it’s time to “Put on the extra winter layer of 10-15 pounds!” We laughed but it led to a great conversation about how our bodies change during the frigid winter months, and not always for the better!

Did you know that during the cold and gloomy winter months, our bodies do not get the nourishment they need from natural sources, so it can go into withdrawal which can lead to negative health conditions? Here are a few examples:

  1. Sunshine and Vitamin D. Fun fact: In the summer months, Northeast Ohio has more sunny days than Miami. We are all outside walking and gardening and enjoying the weather. But in the winter months, not so much - Miami wins hands down. According to Medical News Today, 33% of women alone suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency. And as we all know, Vitamin D is essential to boosting the immune system.
  2. Iron and Warmth. According to WebMD, Iron can help regulate your body temperature which is important in winter. It also helps with fatigue and cold hands.
  3. Vitamin E and Skin. While not many people are deficient in Vitamin E, it is a vital component to your health - specifically your skin health. Winter weather can cause your skin to get flaky, dry, and itchy, but lotions fortified with vitamin E can help your skin hold water, keeping it soft and resilient.

Of course, when trying any new supplements, it is best to consult with your physician first. At Danbury Senior Living, we do our best to help everyone live a strong and healthy winter. Call today to learn more!

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