Vitamin D against the winter blues
Vitamin D is mood-lifting and can be produced by the body with the help of sunlight. But since natural sunlight in winter isn’t abundant, you should seek out food containing Vitamin D to match your deficit. These are primarily foods such as fish (We’re talking about salmon, tuna and cod), eggs, avocado, mushrooms and chlorella.
Vitamin D is readily available in the sunny months, as our bodies can absorb this wonder nutrient through our skin. Once this is in our system, Vitamin D helps to regulate the calcium and phosphate in our body. As a result, we maintain healthy bones, teeth and muscles.
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal the effects of Vitamin D and its support in preventing colds and flus. Their analysis suggested daily or weekly vitamin D supplementation was useful in preventing respiratory tract infections.
Vitamin D helps to improve mood, and is also used in the treatment of depression. Many parts of the brain, including those involved with depression, contain receptors for Vitamin D. It may increase the available serotonin, which has a direct effect on improving sleep, social behaviour, and even memory.
Another study showed that people who had a higher lean mass and muscle mass also had higher levels of active vitamin D. This suggests that active Vitamin D may help to optimize muscle strength.
Sun Chlorella is a rich source of Vitamin D, thanks to it’s Chlorophyllor “stored sunshine”. Sun Chlorella is one of the easiest ways to compliment your diet naturally. A full daily serving of Sun Chlorella (approx 3g-5g) will give you as much as 200 – 600IU / 5 – 15mg of vitamin D per day.
Read on to see the other suggestions we’ve got to help keep your immunity in check this season.