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Already Feeling the Winter Blues? It Could be Low Vitamin D.

Winter can take a toll on our levels of this crucial vitamin. Here’s the lowdown on low Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is an important nutrient that we get from sunshine and food, AND a hormone our bodies make to assist in its functioning.

Vitamin D plays a roll in the following:

  • Helps absorb calcium and phosphorus ensuring strong bones + muscles
  • Fights inflammation
  • Slows cancer cell growth
  • Supports oral health
  • Works in sugar regulation, preventing diabetes
  • Checks blood pressure
  • Contributes to weight loss
  • Assists feel-good hormones contributing to fighting depression
  • And much more

Most cells contain Vitamin D receptors, meaning it’s a big power player in the body. Since it is harder to be outside absorbing all of that sunshine in the colder months, our stores deplete and we start getting symptoms by late fall. If they’re not recognized and rectified, symptoms worsen until mid-spring.

Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
Think you might be low? Here are some telltale signs:

  • You are lethargic, more tired than normal, or even exhausted
  • You are moodier
  • You’re less motivated to do the things that normally make you happy
  • You feel that your muscles are weaker than normal (especially in your arms)
  • Your bones hurt (especially in your arms)
  • Looking quite pale
  • Not sleeping well
  • Seem to be catching every virus that comes your way

What to Do
Sadly, Vitamin D isn’t an easy nutrient to eat. Best food options for vitamin D include: pastured eggs, wild caught fish, dairy (if tolerated), and some wild mushrooms.

If you suspect low status, it is best to supplement through the winter. Research shows that supplementing with Vitamin D3 is better absorbed than supplemental Vitamin D2 for raising D concentrations. Get tested and talk to your doc about an appropriate amount. A low daily supplement might be super helpful and make you feel much better.

Keep an eye on your Vitamin D status. Enjoy the winter and feel your best.