The Sunshine Vitamin may be less of a concern for people living in warmer, sunnier climates, but did you know that vitamin D is still one of the top vitamin deficiencies in the world, affecting over 50% of the population, and over 90% of North Americans?!
Sure, when we hear the term vitamin D deficiency we think rickety bones, and if our bones aren’t rickety, we’re A-OK! But this wrong! Vitamin D affects many physiological processes—not just our bones, and our body needs more than what we may think!
Bathing the body in the sun is definitely the best vitamin D source – it is both free and absorbable! But sadly, not many of us have year-round access or are getting outside long enough to fulfill our Vitamin D needs, especially during the fall and winter months when we are bundled up from head to toe. It comes as no surprise that brain fog, loss of concentration, little desire to move from our cozy beds, and low mood are amongst some of the top reported health symptoms of the months lying between the start of fall and the end of winter.
These symptoms combined (especially an overall low mood and need for excessive blankets and Netflix!) is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of clinical seasonally induced depression, affecting many individuals in the autumn and winter months who aren’t seeing enough natural sunshine.
Research shows that vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to depressive symptoms, and thankfully, that vitamin Dsupplementation has been shown to improve depressive symptoms. Though research isn’t sure what comes first (the depression or the deficiency), we know that supplementation with the sunshine vitamin can help to provide us the extra glow we need in these winter months.
Combined with consuming vitamin D-rich foods like fatty fish (mackerel, tuna, salmon, cod liver oil), dairy (if tolerable) we love our ‘Sunshine in a Bottle’ formula, NU LIFE® Therapeutics SUNSHINE THERAPY!
With 1000IU of vegan-sourced vitamin D3—the fastest absorbing form of vitamin D3— it is sure to help boost your mood! This proven formula combats your SAD-related symptoms with its well thought-out blend of supporting vitamins and herbs. With a therapeutic dose of St. John’s Wort, a herb proven for its combative effects against depressive symptoms, your mood will thank you.* We’ve also added brain-boosting supplements and herbs to get you back to feeling sharp and alert. Omega-3, gingko biloba, and rhodiola work to improve cognitive function, decrease inflammation, and have mood-boosting properties, too!
And if SAD is not your (current) health obstacle, know that a deficiency in vitamin D has a large impact on health and has been linked to Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel conditions, upper respiratory infections and cold and flu symptoms, high blood pressure, obesity, and tuberculosis—just to name a few.
Here’s to wishing you a sunny Spring!
*Always consult your healthcare practitioner before consuming any medications, vitamins or supplements. In particular, St. John’s Wort can weaken the effects of the birth control pill and other drugs