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During the wintertime, we’re missing that bright sunshine. This means we’re also missing a very important source of Vitamin D. At the same time, it is especially important during the wintertime, to protect us from cold and flu season. In short, our immune system needs Vitamin D most during the time where we lack the greatest natural source. But don’t worry there are ways to get your fix, we’ll tell you how and other reasons it’s important during this season.
Ever heard of seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? It’s real people! In the wintertime, some people may oversleep and experience extremely low energy. The lack of sunlight can also cause a decrease in serotonin levels which is believed to cause depression. In addition, the lack of sunlight messes with our body’s internal clock, another potential cause of depression.
As mentioned above, Vitamin D is crucial for building immunity. With it being cold and flu season, it is especially important to get enough. A study conducted in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, determined that it is an important factor of innate immunity and a natural defense from acute viral infections.
It is well known that calcium is an important mineral for healthy and strong bones. What you may not be aware that Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption. Health Link BC explains that your muscles need Vitamin D to absorb Calcium. Otherwise, your muscles will not have enough calcium which could potentially lead to muscle cramps or weakening.
How To Get More Vitamin D In The Winter
Since the sun isn’t a reliable source in the winter, the next great source is your food! Fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel are great sources of Vitamin D. If you follow a plant-based diet, Mushrooms are an excellent source when they are grown in sunlight as they could contain about 450 IU per 100 gram.
Since sunshine is limited a great option is to turn to natural supplements. Health Canada recommends that people aged 19 and older should get 4,000 IU total per day. During the wintertime, it is recommended adults consume supplements totaling 400-1,000 IU daily.
Not getting enough Vitamin D? We sell multiple different brands at either of our Modern Wellness Bar locations, come on in and ask our staff!