Vitamin D deficiency affects nearly 85% of people during winter months. Recently, researchers have found mushrooms to be an excellent source of vitamin D2, as they absorb and retain the sunshine vitamin after exposure to the sun. While it won’t dramatically change your mood or contribute to stronger and healthier bones, eating more mushrooms could be a great vitamin D food supplement and just what you need to get you through winter.
Somewhere in the ballpark of 10 million Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), also commonly called winter blues. Those who experience S.A.D. are. . . well. . . sad. And you can paint the sadness on a spectrum — from mild malaise to severe depression. For those who live north of a virtual line going from DC to San Jose, winter blues is a real thing.
Why take vitamin D supplements when there’s plenty of natural vitamin D available through sunlight?
When exposed to the sun and specifically to UVB rays, our skin synthetizes what we call vitamin D, also called the Sunshine Vitamin. Vitamin D that we get from the sun is not the same vitamin D that is presented in oral supplements. Vitamin D coming from the sun is actually a hormone, synthetized through a quite complex process by our liver and then our kidneys, before it becomes available for use in the body. Pretty much every of our organs needs vitamin D to function optimally, and essentially every tissue and cell in the body has vitamin D receptors.
Millenials are experiencing hair loss at an alarming rate, and vitamin D deficiency is partly to blame. Hair loss can be humiliating, especially at a young age, so it’s important to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D. Spending time outdoors and eating food rich in Vitamin D during the winter are two ways you can ensure you’re getting enough vitamin D for healthy living.
For all of us who live in the northern part of the US, here we are in the throes of winter, a time of year when many of us are weathering snowstorms and seasonal blues. The sun only rarely shows itself, and the cumulative effects can wear us down mentally and physically. But did you know a Vitamin D deficiency, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is likely to blame?