Low Vitamin D?

As a mature Caucasian woman living in Utah I am at risk and have experienced low vitamin D levels. During the winter months pollution levels and the valley ‘inversion’ in my home town of Salt Lake minimizes sunlight. Along with the supplementation recommended by my doctor, the obvious solution for low vitamin D levels is sunlight. Our bodies largest organ, our skin, is designed to work together with the liver and kidneys to synthesize vitamin D with minimal exposure to the sun (about 20 minutes). Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, and when stored in the body, can sustain a person for around 2 months before the fat stores are depleted. Sunlight is free and when accessed naturally via the skin will never lead to overproduction and toxicity. Read more about sunlight deficiency here.

This advice is not a substitute for medical care. Speak to your doctor, read the research, and become informed. Sunlight as ‘light therapy’ has been used historically by mankind, referred to as heliotherapy and phototherapy. Medical uses of sunlight have treated conditions such as rickets, depression, arthritis, gout, psoriasis, scleroderma, acne, insomnia, fighting infection, and more.

Be Well! ~Tiffany

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Fitness in Minutes!

While speaking to clients about losing weight and improving their health, the number one constraint I hear regarding exercise is lack of time. There are numerous ways to work fitness into your day without carving out hours or ever visiting a gym. Choose one or more of these ideas and increase your activity…

If you are sitting for long periods at work or while traveling…simply stretch more often, even shoulder shrugs and neck rolls help to relieve tension and increase your mobility. Move more every day. You’ll feel so much better!

Be Well! ~Tiffany

Goal Setting After Surgery...

Goal setting provides you with a road map…a plan. I contemplated this preparing for my first hip replacement. After surgery, recovery may seem so far away. Your surgeon, physical therapist, and other medical providers are watching your progress and expecting you to regain strength and return to a more normal state at a certain pace. By staying goal-oriented, you help to set an expectation of what lies ahead week by week or month by month (1).

Questions to ask yourself: 6 Months Post-Op

Are you mending as well as expected? Are you following your physical therapy orders and exercising as directed? How nutritious are your meal plans? Don’t forget, our bodies mend much more quickly with proper fuel. Eat Well! Are you managing your inflammation as well as you possibly can? Hold yourself accountable. Most importantly…where would you like to be in another 6 months? Make a plan!

The success of your recovery and achieving your health goals is in your hands. Your surgeon, nurses, physical therapist, and other medical professionals can only do so much…the rest is up to you.

Need an advocate or wellness coach in your corner? Contact me! tiffany@andersontherapeutics.com

Be Well! ~Tiffany

(1) Excerpt, Butternut to Bionic: A Resource Guide for Hip Replacement Surgery, by Tiffany Anderson, LMT, RMT, BS CHES, pg. 93

A goal properly set is halfway reached. - Zig Ziglar

A goal properly set is halfway reached. - Zig Ziglar