Following is a guest post by Dr. Trent Austin, owner of AccuDoc Care. Greater Harrison Chamber members are invited to share their expertise. Contact the Chamber to learn more.
Fall brings an urgency to my life. I feel like the squirrels gathering food for the winter. It’s likely
my genetics but when I feel the crisp air I head outside. There are root vegetables to harvest,
mushrooms to gather and wood to stockpile.
However, in my medical practice, I have seen the downside to a dreary winter. Vitamin D
deficiency is quite common in the midwest. Symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency can include:
- lowered immune response to viruses
- muscle pain and weakness
- bone and joint pain
- mood disturbances
- increased migraines
Decreased Vitamin D Leads to Increased Risks
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, decreased Vitamin D can
increase risks of cancer and depression as well as infectious, autoimmune and cardiovascular
diseases. Vitamin D is a key ingredient supporting your overall health. It helps strengthen bones
and supports overall well-being.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin stored in the body’s fatty tissue. When our bodies have an
excess of fatty tissue, it is difficult for the Vitamin D to separate from the body fat, so this
reduces the amount of Vitamin D available for the body to use.
How to Incorporate More Vitamin D into Your Day
The good news? Adding Vitamin D to your diet is relatively easy. Seafood, egg yolk, and
mushrooms contain Vitamin D. A supplement can help too. I encourage many of my patients to
take Cod Liver Oil. It has anti-inflammatory properties, can lower triglycerides, and helps harden
our bodies against the cold.
It is vital to get off the couch and outside. Outdoor activities are difficult, especially when most
of our employment is found indoors. However, a 30 minute daily walk can help immensely.
Dr. Trent Austin on a hike
At AccuDoc Care, we offer traditional urgent care services with the option for more in-depth
care. Sometimes, a symptom you have can be treated quickly in the urgent care setting but our
providers are trained to dig a little deeper. Often, patients need more care than can be found in
an urgent care appointment. For these patients, we also offer natural medicine appointments
(primary care with a natural approach) in both Harrison and Batesville.
About Dr. Trent Austin and AccuDoc Care
Dr. Trent Austin is board certified in Urgent Care Medicine. He graduated from Purdue University with a BS in chemical engineering. After working with the Chevron Corporation in California and Hawaii he returned to Indiana and graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1997. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Ball Memorial Hospital. In August 2004, Dr. Austin opened his first urgent care practice in Batesville. He now owns and operates AccuDoc Care in Batesville and Harrison. The father of four lives in Batesville with his wife, children, two cats and 21 chickens. He is passionate about spending time outdoors, no matter the weather. He loves foraging, hiking, fishing, and water sports.
The mission at AccuDoc Care is to provide excellent healthcare to our communities and the vision is to empower people to overcome the effects of aging by teaching and showing ways to optimize their health and slow aging. Learn more at https://accudoccare.com/.