What do sugar and carb cravings, early evening fatigue, and just being a bit more crabby than usual this time of year have in common? It could be Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a mild depression associated with late autumn and winter and is thought to be caused by a lack of light. How may it be connected to Vitamin D? Daylight is increasingly lost by the fall season. Body stores of Vitamin D deplete after approximately four months. Do the (simple) math four months from when daylight is dramatically lost (which is usually January or February) and is about the time when our natural Vitamin D levels drop, especially without supplementation, and about the time SAD peaks.
What can you do?
1. Increase Vitamin D-rich food sources (see below).
2. Have your vitamin D levels checked to assess the need for supplementation. If you’ve already been told your levels are low, make sure to take supplementation regularly and have your level rechecked every six months. Vitamin D is fat-soluble, which means it builds up in your system and can be harmful in excess.
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