Vitamin D is a vitamin that is produced by your skin. Your body produces vitamin D when it is in contact with sunlight, and also by the consumption of certain foods. The main function of vitamin D is immune system operation, and to promote the growth and health of our bones and teeth.
However, vitamin D has also been proven to play a role in boosting the mood! Researchers in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences in Canada studied a correlation between lack of vitamin D and depression. An analysis of 14 studies of over 31,000 participants showed a clear association between low levels of vitamin D and depression. Research concluded that low vitamin D levels can affect our brain function, since the vitamin D receptors in the brain are associated with our moods.
An average adult needs around 600 to 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day to properly function. Foods with vitamin D include mushrooms, egg yolks, salmon and other fatty fish. But, since few foods have vitamin D in them naturally, it is probably easier to access direct sunlight to get your dose of vitamin D.
Another way to get vitamins into your system quickly is through IV hydration therapy. IV hydration therapy is a type of nutritional treatment where vitamins and nutrients are injected directly into the bloodstream. Formerly only offered to patients with illnesses, IV hydration therapy is now available to anyone who wants a dose of vitamins for health benefits. Today, IV hydration is a go-to treatment for a variety of health conditions, ranging from depression and anxiety to jet lag, hangover relief, athletic performance, immune boosting, and more.
If you are struggling with severe depression that has resisted such treatments as IV hydration, antidepressant medications and talk therapy, ketamine infusions have proven to be a promising avenue that offers almost immediate relief. Contact our office and we are happy to chat with you about IV hydration therapy or ketamine infusions for the treatment of depression.