For many of us in Sublette County, a lack of sunlight and long cold winters can lead to feeling crabby and unable to see the sunny side of life. These symptoms can be a sign of Vitamin D deficiency.
Sublette County Nurse Practitioner, Leslie Hagenstein, states that “Living where we do, at 42 - 43 degrees latitude, we cannot get enough vitamin D from the winter sun alone. The sun is too low from November to March and the light rays are too weak to be able to get enough Vitamin D.”
If you think your mood and energy are low, you may benefit from getting your Vitamin D levels checked to see if you should take a Vitamin D supplement.
𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙩 𝙘𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙘𝙠 𝙢𝙮 𝙑𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙣 𝘿 𝙡𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙡𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙙𝙤 𝙄 𝙜𝙤?
Fortunately, we have 3 options close by:
Marbleton and Pinedale Medical Clinics: How much? $40. When? Anytime - be sure to ask for Health Fair lab screening discount. To schedule an appointment, please call: Marbleton: 276-3306; Pinedale 367-4133.
St. John’s Health in Jackson: How much? $175., When: Anytime! To schedule an appointment please call: 307-739-7531
Public Health Bi-Annual Community blood draw events: How much? $45. When? March 31 and April 1 in Marbleton/Big Piney at the Marbleton Senior Center, Late August in Pinedale.
𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙚𝙡𝙨𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙄 𝙙𝙤 𝙩𝙤 𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙢𝙮 𝙢𝙤𝙤𝙙?
One immediate solution: You can boost your energy and mood with a brisk walk. Leslie encourages us to “get outside and get your body moving.” Fresh air and movement will increase your endorphins, which are the feel-good hormones our bodies make naturally when we exercise.
Vitamin D data taken from reports on Harvard Women’s Health Watch, www.LiveStrong,com and the InterMountain Health Care blog on getting Vitamin D in the dead of winter.
Photo courtesy of @chaseharber on Instagram