Vitamin D Against SAD
Vitamin D, that is! This sunshine vitamin, largely responsible for energy levels and healthy bones, is almost always lacking in individuals that live in areas where sunny days are infrequent. Vitamin D deficiency is often linked to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as well.
Fortunately, it’s easier than you think to get more D. Supplements are available in a variety of dosages, so you’ll be able to support your system with the amount you choose. In addition, many foods contain significant amounts of vitamin D – among them are salmon and many dairy products.
That said, the best source of Vitamin D is the sun itself, so consider spending a bit more time outside once it’s warmer for a boost, in addition to supplements. Even 15 minutes a week of solid sun exposure can make a difference in your mood. Just make sure to keep at least one area of your body (like your hands, for example) exposed and sunscreen-free to make sure you aren’t blocking the rays. (Yes, this is the only time you’ll see us advocate NOT wearing sunblock!)