Summer isn’t around the corner and if you haven’t been feeling like yourself due to lack of energy, anxiety, or even sudden sadness know that you aren’t alone. During the winter we spend most of our time indoors because the cold is simply not our friend. Our hands and feet feel like a frozen pack of meat at the Halal store and our curls and skin are dry and just not popping enough to our liking.
One of the main reasons why we aren’t feeling like our fabulous selves is because the sun is hiding from us and we are rarely outside to receive our natural dose of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is known for being necessary for building and maintaining healthy bones, but it goes beyond that. Our bodies make Vitamin D on its own when exposed to direct sunlight. When you aren’t exposed to sunlight your body is not creating an efficient source of the vitamin which may result in negative effects.
A great source of Vitamin D can help prevent cancer, inherited disorders like hypophosphatemia, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, brittle bones, and more. If you want to re-up on your Vitamin D so that you can continue living your best life during this blistering winter season, we’ve got you covered. Here are some alternatives to receiving this precious natural substance:
Vitamin D Supplements
Taking a multivitamin with vitamin D is most common but you can also take just Vitamin D. The recommended daily amount of vitamin D is 400 international units (IU) for children up to age 12 months, 600 IU for ages 1 to 70 years, and 800 IU for people over 70 years.
SAD Light Therapy
SAD light therapy also known as Vitamin D lamps are a great way to get your body back to producing it’s own Vitamin D. The lights used are specially designed to filter out most of the UV light, so you aren’t at any risk of eye or skin damage. You can purchase your own light source and set it up near your bed or somewhere in your home.
A significant amount of Vitamin D can be found in fortified milk, fortified cereal, and fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines. Add these foods to your normal diet at home and you will notice a significant change.
Even though outside seems like the worst place to go right now, grab your coat and get out if you see the sun peeking through your window. Take a walk down the block, head down to your local bodega, or go for a stroll at your nearest park. You’ll be surprised at how much better, and energetic you feel simply by leaving the house. Cabin fever is so real, don’t be a victim!