Supplement Of The Month: Vitamin D
The days have gotten shorter, cold and grey and you may have noticed a drop in your energy or a change in your mood. The main cause for these changes is the result of changes in sunlight exposure. Shorter days means less time in the sun and cooler temperatures make it less than ideal to spend time outdoors. This results in a reduced exposure to Vitamin D, a fat soluble vitamin which can significantly affect your overall health and wellbeing.
Vitamin D is known for its ability to support bone health and prevent osteoporosis. Deficiency is the main cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. Multiple studies have found Vitamin D to strengthen the immune system and protect against cancer.
Sunshine is the most effective way of optimizing Vitamin D levels. In Canada, the majority of individuals are deficient in Vitamin D. Many people do require supplementation but over supplementation can be toxic. Vitamin D levels can and should be tested prior to supplementation. Testing is not covered by OHIP and costs approximately $80.