What Vitamin Could You Be Missing This Winter?
During the summer months, getting the ‘sunshine vitamin’ seems to be effortless, but when it’s cold and cloudy, spending time in the sun is nearly impossible. This can pose a serious problem—a vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D does a body good…
Most nutrients work together to make a healthy and smooth-running machine we call our bodies. It’s our responsibility to choose proper fuel to help our bodies run as efficiently as possible.
Vitamin D is known for promoting:
With most of our vitamin D coming from sunlight exposure, intake can be hard with less natural light.
Lacking vitamin D starts a domino effect within our body. The dietary D is essential for calcium absorption. Another necessary vitamin for calcium absorption is magnesium. These three vitamins work so closely together that when one is lacking, it could lead to brittle bones or possibly worse— osteoporosis.
Getting all three vitamins—vitamin D, magnesium and calcium—could be the key to healthier bones and getting rid of the winter blues.
Essentially, consuming calcium may not be enough, if you aren’t accompanying it with sunlight exposure, especially in winter months. Your body simply cannot use the calcium you give it effectively in absence of vitamin D.
Pay attention to the following symptoms. They could be a sign of vitamin D deficiency.
- 50 years or older– Mature skin doesn’t respond to sunlight exposure by making vitamin D as readily as it did when it was younger. Adding to the issue, older individuals spend less time outdoors. Cutting down on the D vitamin even more.
- Brittle or achy bones- Vitamin D deficiency causes a block in calcium absorption, and calcium is known for strengthening bones. The result can be a feeling of achiness.
- Sweating- Excessive sweating of the head is closely associated with vitamin D deficiency. It doesn’t always indicate a lack in dietary D, but it is something worth checking out with your doctor.
- Respiratory issues- Several studies have indicated respiratory infections and issues associated with low vitamin D. [i]Low levels of vitamin D can hinder the immune system, as well as recovery from infections.
- Exhaustion or seasonal blues- Vitamin D impacts two neurotransmitters in the brain; dopamine and norepinephrine. Studies have shown less depressive symptoms associated with higher vitamin D levels in older women.[ii]
If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to check with your doctor and get tested for possible deficiencies or illnesses.
No doubt vitamin D plays a powerful role concerning overall health and wellbeing when combined with adequate nutrition from quality sources.
A little natural sunlight boosts both your physical and mental health. Giving the body necessary nutrients is a must, and Dead Sea Moringa is a logical choice to add to your sun exposure this winter.
Fresh air, sunlight, and a quality source of vitamins and minerals will help you get through the cold winter months. Get out and enjoy this season!