Exposure to natural sunlight encourages our bodies to produce a very important mood-boosting vitamin that is essential for a healthy lifestyle- vitamin D. It has an incredible effect on mood and happiness, and lack of this precious vitamin can spike the risk of developing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Why is Vitamin D so Important?
When a person has a lack of exposure to natural sunlight, their vitamin D absorption declines and their natural body clock is thrown off. This results in a deviation from a persons normal patterns and behaviors. This deviation sometimes causes people to feel the symptoms of depression. It is very important to maintain normal levels of vitamin D in order to avoid feeling the negative effects of a vitamin D deficiency.
Natural Ways to Increase Vitamin D levels
There are several foods and supplements that are high in vitamin D. Take a peek at a few below according to Healthaliciousness.com:
- Cod Liver Oil
- Fortified Cereals
- Caviar (black and red)
- Fortified Soy Products
- Salami, Ham, and Sausage
- Fortified Dairy
Vitamin D Supplements
It’s impossible to get the amount of vitamin D you need from only foods. Of course, our friend vitamin D also comes in a supplement of it’s own. Taking the supplements during the grey seasons is recommended.
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Vitamin D: How to Maintain Healthy Levels During Winter – NAturalNews.com by Ethan Evers
How Does Sunlight Impact Your Mood? – life.gaiam.com by Shelagh Braley & Kate Clark