Most people in Northern hemispheres do not have enough Vitamin D in their bodies, which can impact on our mood, and our immune system. I live in London where you know it is summer because the drizzle is a bit warmer, so trust me when I say this is a topic close to my heart! In fact, in the UK, if the forecast says, “Oh we only have light rain", we think it is time for a barbecue!
Vitamin D, which is anti-inflammatory, is synthesized in the body when our skin is exposed to direct sunlight. Researchers now believe that the reason we feel low in winter, and we have more infections, is because of less exposure to sun. Before the modern era we spent most of our time outdoors in nature.
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin, and I would encourage you to expose your skin and sunbathe whenever you can. Please note that you can discuss with your doctor to find out what a safe level of exposure is for your type of skin. Because people with very pale skin can burn easily. The darker your skin, the more sun exposure you will actually need.
The sun is not high enough in the sky during the winter months in very Northern latitudes, so we cannot synthesize Vitamin D for around half the year depending on where we live. Therefore, a supplement you can take all year round is very useful. Let’s say 2000IU of Vitamin D per day, obviously in consultation with your doctor. And if you are able to, it would be useful to take more holidays during the winter months and expose your skin to the sun in a safe way.
Not only is the vitamin D important, but also the effects of light. Light regulates our hormone cycles. If you feel you are not getting enough bright light in winter, there are bright lamps that you can buy to boost your mood and help regulate those
cycles. Obviously, the best way is just to get outside into nature as much as possible.
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