Spring is almost here and for us Floridians that means… it’s pretty much just another day. Spring is great though because people all over the world can start to put away their parkas and dust off their t-shirts and flip-flops.
The sun is back and that means so is the best source of natural vitamin D! The cold gloomy mood we are feeling will soon be kicked to the curb and blown away by the warm breeze of Spring.The sun is an incredible mood lifter. So it’s time to get out and get happy!
Spring means it’s time for some natural vitamin D!
The springtime sunlight not only energizes the earth to bring it back to life, but it energizes us as well. One of the ways the sun energizes us is by bathing us in vitamin D.
Vitamin D is very important for so many things. It helps keep your bones strong and healthy, supports cell growth, and is highly beneficial for the immune system. These things are all amazing, but the benefit that I have found the most interesting is how it helps melt away those winter blues.
When we lived in Colombia it rained a lot. Sunny days were far and few between. So I found myself dragging a lot more living there, than I do now in living in the sunshine state. I am not saying everyone walks around depressed all day if the daily weather is gloomy. What I am saying is those of us who have a tendency to have one toe already dipped in the pool of depression may start to feel the urge to sink in deeper when skies are grey.
Being outside is a great way to fill your cup. Do whatever you can outside and absorb some rays, after applying sunscreen of course.
Do your workout outdoors instead of going to the gym. Take a jog around the neighborhood instead of getting on the treadmill. If it’s close enough, walk to Starbucks instead of taking the car. Sit outside at a restaurant for lunch, or have a picnic in the park with the fam.
You can hike, camp, go to the beach, pretty much anything. I am not a very outdoorsy person in the sense that I fear bugs, frogs, and snakes, but I try to get outside when I can to get some sunshine injected vitamin D.
I sit outside and absorb some rays while I watch the kids play in the yard and after a little while the trees are greener the sky is bluer and the world is an all-around better place. I’m also a huge fan of going for walks around the neighborhood with friends after we drop the kids at school. Good friends and vitamin D is a great 2-for-1 mood lifter!
What about when there is no way to go out and let the sun rays soak in?
As per the recommendation of my doctor I take a vitamin D supplement (it’s like a bottle of sunshine). Mine has k2 in it as well for better absorption (be sure to ask your doctor if that might help you as well). This was given to me after going off my postpartum depression medications.
While testing me for various things, the doctor noticed a vitamin D deficiency. My doctor proceeded to explain that a vitamin D deficiency can be one of the things that affects my mood. I am not saying a vitamin D deficiency causes depression, but it has been shown to be something that can influence your mood.
Before you take any supplements though be sure to ask your doctor.
Eating vitamin D rich foods can help. This food includes as wild-caught fatty fish like tuna, salmon or mackerel, beef or liver, egg yolks, and mushrooms to name a few. There are also dairy products and orange juices fortified with Vitamin D. Cod liver oil is packed with Vitamin D too, if you can stomach it.
As far as how much Vitamin D you need, again the best way to find out is to ask your doctor.
If any of this sounds like something you are going through, you might want to speak with your doctor about getting tested for a vitamin D deficiency. You never know it might be completely ok, but if you are vitamin D deficient fixing it might help put a spring in your step!