Winter has settled in pretty well now and we are experiencing less sunlight, and more cold weather, especially if you live in places with snowy weather. Along with the cold and snow, also comes problems with moods and emotions, which is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Those who have severe Vitamin D deficiencies have a tendency to really suffer in the winter time and I know I have been one of them one too many times. Between hating to be cold and feeling sluggish all winter (aka wanting to hibernate!!!) getting outside in the freezing cold just isn't a priority to me!!! I have found over the years that there are tons of alternatives to the "sunshine vitamin" and I want to share them with you today.
Vitamin D helps the body to promote calcium and phosphorus absorption into the blood. This helps keep your bones strong and prevents issues associated with brittle bones such as fractures and osteoporosis. It is a steroid hormone otained from sun exposure, food sources and supplimentation. It has been discovered that it is even better at preventing cavities than flouride is for the teeth!
There are a ton of side affects of not having enough Vitamin D in your diet and its surprising that so many of our usual aches and pains and frustrations are so distinctly tied to this deficiency!!! Alarming even, especially considering so many of us brush off symptoms and don't even realize how vital Vitamin D is for our health.
Here is a list of symptoms that we shouldn't ignore:
1.You get sick way more often than you used to. Your immune system is weakened and you are more suspectable to colds, flu, strep throat, infections and other illnesses more frequently due to the lack of this important vitamin.
2. Always tired and never feel fully rested up enough. Severe fatigue can affect your overall health and quality of life
3. Lower back pain can also be a sign of Vitamin D deficiency
4. Pain in your bones, (think growing pains) shins, ankles,, forearms.
5. Depression for two weeks or longer. Vitamin D helps regulate the chemicals in your brain.
6. Suffering from anxiety and anxiety attacks
7. Wounds are not healing
8. Bone Loss (osteoporosis) aka, low bone mineral density
9.Hair loss. It is normal to lose up to 100 strands of hair per day
10. Muscle pain
11. Profuse sweating
12.Gum disease and cavities
14. Forgetfulness and brain fog
15. Cancer, (colon, breast, prostate, ovarian)
18. Crohns Disease
19 Kidney and Liver disorders are tied to this deficiency
20. Multiple Sclerosis
22 You feel gassy and bloated often
As you you can see there are numerous health issues that result from lack of vitamin D and which can benefit from changing your diet, getting more sunshine and also supplimentation.
Aside from Sunshine, there are two types of Vitamin D. Vitamin D2 is plant based, also known as Ergocalciferol. Vitamin D3 is animal based known as Cholecalciferol. Depending on your dietary needs and where you are at in your journey in food health you are either a vegetarian/vegan consuming D2 or you are a Omnivore to which you would consume D2 and D3.
Vitamin D2 -
Fortified foods such as:
Vitamin D2 foods and herbs such as:
Sprouted Seeds such as:
- Chia seeds
Unrefined and cold pressed oils:
-Sunflower Seed Oil
-Blue Green Algae, such as Spirulina
Dairy and Meat sources of Vitamin D: