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Lack of vitamin D could be why you're feeling S.A.D.

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Though the Bay Area is no longer experiencing the “big freeze” and warmer temperatures have been on the horizon, sunlight hours are still short. And less sunlight means less vitamin D.

Now is the time to add in a vitamin D supplement to your daily regime if you haven’t already done so. The importance of this vitamin is often understated, and a deficiency can cause a host of health problems that are easy to prevent.

  • S.A.D.: Also known as “Seasonal Affective Disorder,” S.A.D. is quite common in the U.S., especially during the wintertime. S.A.D. symptoms can include mood swings, depression, and a general feeling of apathy.
  • General depression: Feeling blue lately and just overall apathetic? Before you reach for some Prozac, try vitamin D instead. Studies have shown a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and depression.

Recommended daily dosage/body levels
Though there is still much debate about the most effective levels of vitamin D, most health experts recommend taking at least 1,000 IU daily for those who are deficient. Click HERE for a list of recommended dosages and illnesses that can be more effectively treated by taking vitamin D.

The best thing to do before adding in supplements to your diet is to consult your doctor or natural healthcare practitioner. Oftentimes, a simple blood test can determine your vitamin D—and other vitamin levels—so you can take the right dosage(s).

Don’t suffer from SAD or depression or even general apathy this winter season. You may need a simple fix like vitamin D. Click HERE to read more about adding vitamin D into your daily diet, and pay a visit to your healthcare practitioner if you’re not feeling like yourself.

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