Got SUN anybody?
Right about this time of year, pretty much everyone I know is longing for the sun. Some of you are blessed enough to be able to escape to warm and tropical climes.
I’m certain you won’t be reading this.
This is for those of us who have to endure the long dreary winter months of rain and gray skies.
What did my research tell me?
Vitamin D is the SUNSHINE Vitamin
With the aid of sunlight, vitamin D is made from cholesterol in the skin, liver and kidneys.
* Studies are showing that Vitamin D deficiency may be a possible cause for SAD, or may be associated with feeling tired and depressed.
* Getting adequate amounts of Vitamin D often increases one’s sense of well-being, and sleep patterns improve.
* Studies also show an association between adequate Vitamin D and weight loss. It is proving to be helpful in the battle of the bulge.
“Excess body fat absorbs and holds onto vitamin D, making it unavailable to the body. The absence of vitamin D creates interference with the functioning of a hormone called leptin, which signals to the brain that you are full and should stop eating. In addition, overweight people tend to spend more time indoors. This also deprives them from further D as the ultraviolet rays of the sun spur the production of D.”
(I’ve been told that most people put on a few lbs. during the winter months. I thought it was nature’s way of keeping you warm!)
* Vitamin D is an anti-inflammatory hormone
* Vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption
During winter months my Naturopath recommends 2000 IU or more per day, depending on individual needs. (Always check with your health practitioner before starting on a new health regimen). He told me that on any given day spent in the sunshine, one can take in up to 20,000 IU!
This winter, the blues remain with the weather. I personally am in good spirits – yes, I still long for the sun, but I’m not obsessed about it.
“As a clinical regimen, I recommend taking 1000 to 3000 IUs daily Monday through Fridays and taking a “hormone holiday” each week on Saturday and Sunday.” – Diana Schwarzbein – www.Life-With-Confidence.com
Here you will find one of the best articles, in my opinion, on Vitamin D written by Catherine Pratt
The article is called Benefit of Vitamin D
disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation