Naturopath’s Tip of the Week: Vitamin D
Do you ever notice changes in your health with the arrival of the grey, shorter days?
You’re likely not getting enough Vitamin D.
As we move through the summer months enjoying the warmth of the direct sunlight, we absorb and store Vitamin D. On average we gain 20,000 IU of Vitamin D in 20 minutes of full body sun exposure. We accumulate this vitamin in the body to call upon as the daylight diminishes through the Fall and Winter months but we all don’t get enough. The use of our stores starts off gradually but the demand for Vitamin D increases as the days become even shorter.
A deficiency in Vitamin D can results in changes in mood (often referred to Seasonal Affective Disorder/SAD), a weaker immune system creating susceptibility to cold/flu, as well as an increased sensitivity to seasonal allergies.
A healthy level of Vitamin D can vary person to person, but it has become evident that the levels acquired through sun exposure are insufficient. Studies have shown that the angle of the suns rays at our latitude here in Vancouver are such that our potential for vitamin absorption is lesser than in other parts of the world. We all need an extra boost!
Consult your Naturopathic Doctor for recommended dosing, and fend of those avoidable seasonal changes to your health!
-Dr. Krista Moyer, Naturopathic Doctor
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