Tackling Vitamin D Deficiency
Pay attention to how you feel as the seasons change
You—or someone you know—may be noticing that during these shorter, darker days you’re feeling symptoms of depression, less energetic and more irritable. No, you’re not going crazy. What may be happening is that you’re experiencing the lack of a rather underappreciated vitamin: Vitamin D.
Vitamin D, created by the body when UVB rays from the sun come in contact with the skin, is best known for being responsible for helping the body absorb calcium, and in this way it helps to strengthen bones. Vitamin D is also partially responsible for control of genes related to different cancers, autoimmune diseases and infection.
And although research is still being developed around the link between depression and Vitamin D, researchers have pinpointed a correlation between people who are battling depression and lower-than-normal levels of Vitamin D in their blood. Conversely, people who have higher levels of Vitamin D in their blood have a lower risk of becoming depressive.
Eating foods that are high in Vitamin D and combining them with supplemental Vitamin D and calcium can make all the difference in your mood during these months.
It is important that you pay attention to how you are feeling as the seasons change, and if you are noticing that you are feeling sleepy, slower, sad, or just plain lousy this winter, and if you’re north of the 37th parallel, you might just be suffering from Vitamin D deficiency. Now you know what to do.
To read more about the why location and food matter in Vitamin D Deficiency, including a list of foods that are good sources of Vitamin D, click here.
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