If you live in the northern hemisphere, raise your hand? Keep them raised if the days are really short and you don’t spend much time outside because of the frigid temps or if you do go outside but the sun isn’t really shining. If your hand is still raised then you are probably missing a vital nutrient and don’t even know it.
What is that nutrient?
What’s the big deal? In the old days, if you were deficient then you could end up with a painful bone condition called rickets. Thankfully we live in a “fortified” world so none of us are that far gone, however, because the body utilizes the sun for making it’s own D a lot of us are on the low end of normal or just plain low.
What could I be experiencing if I am low in Vitamin D?
- Getting sick or infected more often.
- Depressed mood.
In fact, being Vitamin D deficient and depressed has it’s own name: S.A.D. or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Meaning that when winter comes we feel depressed. Once of the treatments for this is a special light. Does it make sense why this would help? Because the light is helping your body make it’s own natural antidepressant! For unknown reasons my husband needs to take a Vitamin D supplement regularly or he notices both poor sleep (thus leading to fatigue) and an increase in his depression. When he is taking his supplement he feels so much better!
One of the main reasons that I have my children on a Vitamin D supplement is that studies show that children who take it regularly are less likely to experience colds and the flu! HELLO! If that isn’t a reason to rush out and get some, I don’t know what is.
What supplement should I take?
This is a topic I could go on forever about but the best advice is ANY! Just take it. There are supplement companies that are truly above the rest and if you have one you trust and love, use them. If you want to just take it, then buy the one at your favorite store. I personally take a gummy Vitamin D because my kids take it and it tastes yummy, and it feels like I am getting candy 😀
The general recommendation is to take 400 IU’s of the D3 form. The body then converts this into the form usable by the body. Vitamins in general are not over taken so don’t worry if you take a bit more then this but don’t take any less. My husband takes 5000 IU’s every 2-3 times a week. Everyone is always talking about not overdosing, however, unless you are eating a full bottle your body will absorb what it can and secrete the rest. The worst that will happen if you take a bit too much is a waste of your money.
**Disclaimer: I am a chiropractor with a 48 hour nutrition certification. I know some stuff, however, if I personally don’t know you I cannot give you medical advice without letting you know you should always consult your health specialist for personal details. 😀