Sunshine and Vitamin D, Are You Getting Enough?

You’ll hear all sorts of neat tips and tricks in recovery from “Drink more water!” to “Get enough sleep and eat well!” And it’s true, most of these tricks surround your personal health, mental health, or coincide with relapse prevention tricks, for good reason.

It’s all about taking a well-rounded approach to your health. Addiction is a complex disease that can’t just be fixed by ceasing the use/abuse of drugs and alcohol. You have to take care of your whole health to make sure you can put up the fight necessary for remaining sober.

Many people who struggle with substance abuse either had an underlying condition before or acquired one along the way. Struggling with anything mental health related is just as complex as addiction and requires whole mind and body wellness just as well.

Part of being well and taking your life back means you’re getting what you need on the inside to help you feel good on the outside. Studies have gone back as far as the early 1900’s about how micronutrient deficiencies can contribute to a decline in mental health.

Vitamin D is a powerful and vital vitamin made by our bodies when our skin gets direct exposure to sunlight. You may have heard people refer to it as the “sunshine vitamin.” This essential micronutrient is only found scarcely in food, that’s why it’s so important that we get it from the sun. Vitamin D is simply essential to our well-being and overall health, and we should maintain a daily dose for the best benefits.

So, what exactly will getting your daily dose of the sunshine vitamin do for your health and your recovery? Some people refer to this wonderful nutrient as the “D-fense” vitamin, contributing to healthy bones, disease prevention, and mood improvement.

Try getting out and making sure your vitamin D intake and sun exposure are making ranks every day, you might be surprised what a daily dose of the sun will do for your overall physical and mental health.

Reference
N.D. “Vitamin D – Vital Vitamin - Important for Good Health”.  Addict Help. (website). 2017
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