The Positive Effects of Vitamin D on Your Mood
If you struggle with bouts of sadness or depression, I have good news for you. There may be a simple solution to help you feel more uplifted and more positive. Studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and mood. Vitamin D is a vitamin your body actually doesn’t store. Each day you need a source of it or you will become deficient, and the odds are pretty good that deficiency will have a negative effect on your health, both mental and physical. The good news is that getting enough vitamin D each day is relatively easy.
The Vitamin D Link
Many studies have been done on the link between Vitamin D and depression. During the winter months the sun’s rays are weaker and are often filtered or covered by clouds. Experts began to wonder if it were the absence of light that caused depression. What they discovered is that the sun’s rays trigger our body to produce this vitamin!
When there isn’t enough sun or when it isn’t strong during the winter months, you don’t get enough exposure. When it’s cold outside, and when you do go outside, you go out all bundled up. This means no sun and no D. The result is a negative effect on your mood and on your overall health.
What’s a person to do when the sun isn’t shining and its twenty degrees outside? There are two answers. Eat foods that provide D, and take a supplement.
Foods That Contain Vitamin D
The following foods are high in this vitamin compared to other foods and can help you with deficiency you may be experiencing:
* Fish like salmon and mackerel (note that when you eat the soft bones of fish like salmon you get even more vitamin D)
* Soymilk (just be mindful that some people are sensitive to soy and that much of the soy is GMO – go organic whenever you eat soy)
* Shrimp and shellfish
* There’s also a little D in potatoes
Vitamin D really isn’t present in many foods, and you’d have to eat a lot of fish to get enough of it. The Recommended Daily Allowance is between 600 and 800 IUs depending upon your age. Many health care professionals suggest a higher dose when supplementing however. Here’s a link to a gluten free non-GMO brand that gives you 1,000 IUs/day of D3. Supplementation is definitely the most logical answer during the winter months.
You may think you’re ok on your vitamin D intake because you take a daily multi-vitamin. Be aware that most multivitamins don’t contain enough of this important. Check your vitamin’s label to make sure you’re getting at least 500 IUs of vitamin D in your multivitamin. If you suspect you may not be getting enough calcium, buying a combination vitamin D and calcium supplement is a good idea. That way you’re making sure you get plenty of both.
Start taking a Vitamin D supplement. Don’t wait until you feel poorly or depressed. Get sun exposure when it’s possible and safe to do so, and eat foods that contain vitamin D. Getting enough D is a sure way to help you manage winter depression. It may even help you avoid it altogether!
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Cheryl A Major, CNWC
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