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Vitamins for a High-Energy Spring

Is it safe to say that spring is here? No more snow? No more Polar vortexes or snow cyclones? Can I put my shovel away again?

With spring comes renewed energy. We are excited to work on our lawns, or gardens, our flower beds, but do we have the energy to do that? One of the tough parts about winter is we lose that urge to get all that work done. We naturally shift into a mode that favors couches over gardens, and Netflix over lawns. Well, that time is DONE!! If you need a little help getting your outdoor mojo back, we can help!

There are several reasons why our energy decreases during the winter. Less sunshine equals less vitamin D. That’s easy to take care of; a pharmaceutical grade vitamin D3 at a dose of 5,000 to 10,000 IUs a day can more than make up for that. However, remember to be careful when receiving prescribed vitamin D. Vitamin D2 is the typical variety you get through medical prescriptions, and it must go through vital steps in your liver and kidneys before it becomes the active D3 version. A study led by Dr. Robert Heaney, M.D. out of Creighton University published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that D3 was 87% more potent than D2.

Lack of morning sunshine in the winter means our normal cortisol and blood sugar cycles don’t get that added morning boost. This can lead to morning fatigue and “needing” that first cup of coffee in the morning to get going. If this is you, it may mean you need adrenal support in the form of licorice root or adrenal glandular supplements. Remember that the stuff that is typically available on most online sites like Amazon can be up to 25% fake or pirated product! According to a recent Forbes article, “Amazon.com: The Place Where American Dreams Are Stolen By Chinese Counterfeiters,” journalists found that 25 percent of Amazon’s marketplace are Chinese knockoffs – and that’s just what’s specifically coming from China. Chinese-made supplements are usually the highest in heavy metal content like lead, mercury, and cadmium. Definitely not worth the slight savings you may get by ordering online.

Making sure your blood sugar is well managed is an important part of your energy issues. Do you crash after a big meal? You shouldn’t. The old concept of that being normal because your blood goes to digestion is a myth. So is the one about tryptophan making you sleepy after a big protein meal. Being sleepy after a meal (post-prandial somnolence for you health geeks) is a function of hunger hormones like ghrelin and leptin, and how they tell your brain to run. Supplements like cinnamon, EGCG, and alpha-lipoic acid can make a big difference there.

Sometimes your tiredness can be caused by the medicine you take. I have seen many cases where someone’s blood pressure has been driven too low by too many blood pressure meds being taken at once.  I’ve also seen excessively low blood sugar and cholesterol. Remember, you need healthy amounts of cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. Thinking that “the lower the better” is just not smart. Maybe now is a good time to ask your medical doctor to review your medications to make sure you’re not being overmedicated.

Maybe you need a good spring detox. The toxins that build up in our systems from inadequate amounts of activity and healthy fresh fruits and vegetables can really slow us down (not to mention make us unhealthy). Drink more clean water.Taking glutathione in the form of NAC (n-acetyl cysteine) or AC-glutathione can help your liver get rid of the toxins that have built up over the winter months. And while you wait for your own garden to start producing, make sure you bring your business to the local farmer’s market. Whenever you can, look for the organic produce. Cleaner is better!

Don’t forget that sometimes it is as simple as getting your spine and nervous system checked by your chiropractic doctor. If your nervous system is blocked, none of these other suggestions will help.  Your body needs that central coordination to work like it is designed. That alone can make you feel years younger! Take these steps and you will be able to move better, eat better, and sleep better. Then you can look and feel better! Have a healthy, high-energy spring!

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