If you’ve followed my blog for a while now, you’ll know that I sometimes struggle with low moods. But the thing that I struggle with the most is winter depression. I recently learned that a lack of nutrients in our diet can cause this, particularly vitamin D. I was shocked when I read that over 2 million Brits struggle with winter depression.
Around 10 million people in the UK are vitamin D deficient
It’s virtually impossible to get the amount we need through what we eat. Only about 10% of our essential vitamin D actually comes from food. Even then, it comes from animal products which I don’t eat. The easiest and best way for us to properly absorb Vitamin D is through sun exposure. Unfortunately, this isn’t easy in the UK where there is little to no sunshine during the winter months. This puts us at high risk for deficiency. The department of Health actually recommends that everyone in the UK supplements with vitamin D from October to April.
When I heard this, I immediately went out and purchased vitamin D tablets to try to stop my winter depression before it started. After a few weeks of supplementing, I tested my vitamin D levels using Better You’s at home testing kit. This test showed that my vitamin D levels were just above the “insufficient” level but were not at all optimal. Better You kindly sent me their vitamin D oral spray to help me quickly increase my levels in time for winter. They advised me that oral sprays are easier for our bodies to absorb than traditional tablets. It gets absorbed into the bloodstream straight away. And this one tastes WAY better too- it has a sweet peppermint flavour. A quick spray of this in the morning is much more pleasant than gagging on the HUMONGOUS tablets I’d been taking.
Are You Vitamin D Deficient?
Aside from causing or aggravating winter depression, vitamin D deficiency can cause a lot of other issues including:
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Bone and teeth problems
- Headaches, aches and pains
- Frequent coughs and colds
- Low mood and difficulty concentrating
I’d really encourage you to check your vitamin D levels as we come into the darker months, especially if you’re prone to winter depression. If you have some of the symptoms mentioned above and want to test your levels, you can use the same at-home testing kit that I used. Once you send your test off, Better You will send you an email to let you know your results. They will also send you a complimentary oral spray and treatment plan if required. If you’d like to find out more about vitamin D or check if you may be deficient, please visit the Vitamin D Awareness site.
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