First #FeelGreatFriday - Vitamin D, Do you need to supplement?
Hey everyone! Welcome to #FeelGreatFridays!
I am going to post either a blog post, health tip, or educational video on Friday's that will help inform you on the various ways you can optimize your health!
Today's post is about Vitamin D, because let's get real - it is that time of the year ☔️. Most of the Vitamin D we get comes from the sunlight, so you can see why (especially if you live in Vancouver), we might be deficient right now.
VITAMIN D Benefits
Adequate Vitamin D levels are important for many things, but 2 main things to consider at this time of the year are:
1. A Healthy Mood
☀️ Research demonstrates that Vitamin D deficiency is linked to depression, and that taking Vitamin D during these winter months can help to boost people’s mood, and prevent symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.
2. A Robust Immune System
🤒 Low Vitamin D levels have repeatedly been linked to an increased chance of catching a cold. One study showed that Vitamin D supplementation reduced the chance of school aged children getting the flu by 42% compared to not taking Vitamin D. Therefore, Vitamin D supplementation can assist your body in preventing infections and optimizing your immune system.
Testing & Supplementation:
Testing your Vitamin D levels is the best way to find out if you are truly deficient. This way we can use this information to individualize your supplementation and dosing!
Did you know that some extended health plans cover Vitamin D testing?!
You can book in with me for an appointment to discuss this testing, and the multitude of other ways we can work together to support your mood and immune system this Winter!
If there is a topic that you want me to cover, please contact me or comment below and let me know!
Melrose, S. (2015). Seasonal Affective Disorder: An Overview of Assessment and Treatment Approaches. Depression Research and Treatment, 2015, 178564. http://doi.org/10.1155/2015/178564
Urashima M, Segawa T, Okazaki M, et al. Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren. Am J Clin Nutr 2010;91:1255-60. View abstract.