Once the summer months have come and gone (which seems like it was a blink of an eye), we tend to hibernate, wrap up like eskimos, and come up with profuse amounts of excuses why we don’t want to go outside. Because of this, we need to start thinking of alternative ways to get healthy amounts of vitamin D into our systems.
We typically synthesise vitamin D while being exposed to sunshine, which is hard to do from the months of October – March, especially in the Midwest. This vitamin is critical for absorbing calcium for strong bones, supporting our immune system, reducing chances of developing diseases, and supporting brain health (Medical News Today). With all of this said, how do we maintain healthy levels of vitamin D during the winter? Here is what we think will help:
- Eat Foods High In Vitamin D: These include; mushrooms, salmon, sprouted tofu, oysters, eggs yolks, and fortified almond milk or orange juice.
- Supplements: Since it may be hard for individuals to consume enough vitamin D in food, adding supplements into your daily routine may help as well. We like Nutrigold D3 Gold and Carlson Labs D3. It is important to note that while taking supplements may help you get more of whatever vitamin or mineral you may be lacking, your diet should be clean from gut clogging foods so that you can easily absorb a supplement.
- Artificial Light: Light boxes are ideal for people who live in seasonal environments, as they may be able to assist with seasonal affective disorder. Some believe that sitting next to a light box can help improve your mood and any sleep deficiencies.
We also have the pleasure to provide one reader with a Bio D Supreme spray. Bio D Supreme is another supplement form that claims you can absorb your vitamin D faster with the spray than you could by taking a pill. If you have tried Bio D Supreme before, what do you think? This giveaway ends Wednesday, December 3rd!
Disclaimer: Bio D Supreme provided me with a sample of their product. All thoughts and writings are my own.