Monday, December 11, 2006

Vitamin D and pain


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This is not exactly new information, but I recently read an article at my acupuncturist's office discussing the possibility that there may be a link between Vitamin D deficiency and chronic pain. Scientists speculate that lack of exposure to the sun may be the explanation for some people's low levels of Vitamin D.

A light bulb went on for me when I read this. I am bad about huddling up in the house and not getting out to enjoy the outdoors and sunshine. But when we went on our trip to Maui at the beginning of October, I felt better than usual. I went out and soaked up the sun every single day, as evidenced by my blisters. I did take a nap almost every day, but I was also much more active than usual. I went swimming and snorkeling almost every single day we were there.

With winter setting in, it is becoming harder and harder to find a time to enjoy a little sunshine. I have been trying to make myself get out there and take walks, and I intend to spend some time outside reading as long as I still can.

You can read more about the relationship between Vitamin D and pain at this WebMD link:
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to Pain

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