Sunshine and the Depression Connection

Mochildren-playing-outsidem always told us kids to go outside and play in the fresh air and sunshine. Mom knew what kept children healthy and what kept the blues away. Research is showing that there is actually a physiological connection between exercise, vitamin D (which your body manufactures from the sun) and depression.

Did you know that depression is the leading cause of disability for Americans ages 15-44. There are 14.8 million Americans who reportedly have clinical depression. (NIMH 2008). According to an article on Psychcentral from October 25, 2011 prescriptions for antidepressants have skyrocketed…

The rate of antidepressant use in the United States increased nearly 400 percent over the last two decades, according to a report released Oct. 19.

The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics found that 11 percent of Americans over the age of 12 takes an antidepressant, with about 14 percent taking the medication for more than 10 years.

But what if by following mom’s prescription for health you could alleviate many of your symptoms of depression? What if by spending 10-15 minutes a day (that’s all!) outside in the sunshine you could boost your vitamin D levels tremendously and improve your overall health? Would you be willing to do something so easy and natural to feel better? Take a look at this video and become better informed about the vitamin D and depression connection and the amazing results one integrative psychiatrist is having treating her patients safely and naturally.

In addition to vitamin D, integrative Psychiatrist Sara Van Anrooy, MD uses fish oil to help improve the mental health of her patients. You can purchase fish oil here.

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