Are you “D” Deficient?

Are you experiencing the post-Holiday blues? Feeling more fatigued than usual?

Although it’s somewhat normal to feel a bit more sluggish at this time of the year (part of our mammalian brain just wants to hibernate and wake up in the Spring), another source to consider is vitamin D deficiency.

According to a recent report in Medical News Today, nearly 1/2 of US adults are deficient in this important vitamin, especially in the winter months. There are many factors that contribute to this deficiency–less time in the Great Outdoors when it’s cold outside, use of sunscreen (which blocks the synthesis of vitamin D in our skin), and poor dietary choices.

However, it’s important to note that the results of being deficient are significant. Many of us know that vitamin D is needed to help with the absorption of calcium to build strong bones. But more recently, it has been found to play an important role in strengthening the immune system (to fight off colds and the flu) and warding off fatigue and depression.

Are you at risk? To find out your unique individualized risk, enlist the help of a nutrition expert, Karen Radtke, MSN, APN. She is a Board Certified Holistic Nurse Practitioner who will evaluate your dietary intake and other lifestyle factors to help determine your risk.

Your initial 20-minute phone consult is FREE.

Go to or call 815-985-7283.

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