Our daily vitamin intake is a big part of the mind-body connection. I am a big advocate of Vitamin D, primarily D3, and especially during this time of year. The lack of fresh air, outdoor sunlight, and longer days of darkness, all lead to our sluggish feeling and winter blues. Our bodies produce vitamin D naturally when exposed to sunlight. But without the sunlight, many people experience a vitamin D deficiency during these long winter months. Signs of a vitamin D deficiency are tiredness, fatigue, body aches, muscle weakness, bone pain, respiratory problems, depression, infertility, chronic infections, weakened immune system, psoriasis, and the list goes on.
During this time year, we should be increasing our Vitamin D intake by using supplements or eating more foods with Vitamin D. These foods include salmon, tuna, mackerel, cheese, and egg yolks, as well as foods fortified with Vitamin D like dairy products, orange juice, and cereals. If fitting these foods into your daily menu is a struggle, use supplementation. As many of you know, I am a big fan of Spectraspray, spray vitamins because of their high absorption rate, but whatever vitamin supplement you choose, be sure to get at least the recommended daily allowance. Many people find it helpful to increase their dosage in the winter, I know I do!
With the flu spreading rampantly throughout the US, everyone should be taking their Vitamin D. According to numerous studies; Vitamin D intake reduces the likeliness of developing the influenza virus. Although I am by no means an expert in this field, I can speak from personal experience. I have been taking daily doses of vitamin D3 supplements for over 20 years and have only had the flu, once, at a time in my life when my stress level was in the hot zone.
Vitamin D is often overlooked, yet it should be the first line of defense when experiencing any of these above symptoms of deficiency.