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iVillage: Natural Remedies Doctors Use to Stay in Tiptop Shape

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Boost Moods with Vitamin D

Vitamin D shortfalls plague 80 percent of women, since your skin can’t produce this nutrient without regular blasts of strong, direct light, say Boston University doctors. And D shortfalls dampen your brain’s ability to produce mood-boosting serotonin, leading to the sadness and even depression. The good news: Taking 2,000 IUs of vitamin D daily can correct a shortfall in as little as two months. “Within one week of starting vitamin D, I felt upbeat, energetic and 10 years younger -- I’m still amazed at how much better I feel!” says Robin Miller, M.D., director of Triune Integrative Medicine in Medford, Oregon.

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