Got the Winter Woes?

Looking for sunshine on a cloudy day? You’re probably not alone on your search for some vitamin D — most of Canada is in the dark during the coldest months of the year!

It’s no secret winters here can be a bit…extreme. It’s also not uncommon for locals to often brave below freezing temperatures, constant gray skies, and blankets of ice covering open land. So, it’s no wonder many natives temporarily escape the brutal winter climate for warmer ones.

The obvious absence of sunshine can significantly reduce the vitamin D levels naturally occurring in our bodies. Vitamin D (aka the sunshine vitamin) is a nutrient that helps the body absorb and use calcium and phosphorous, which we need to maintain our bone health.

Recent research has proven we should be taking this more seriously. About two-thirds of the population in Canada is living with vitamin D levels below Health Canada’s recommended levels. 

No Sun? No Problem!

Getting vitamin D the old-fashioned way isn’t always feasible, especially when dealing with harsh winter weather conditions like Canada’s. But, there are ways to get around this if you can’t let mother nature’s sunshine be your vitamin D source.

Canadian Family published several ideas on how to make sure you’re getting your vitamin D in winter, which are easier than you’d think! Here are three ways to get more vitamin D in your life:

Supplementation

Take your vitamins! The Vitamin D Society urges Canadians to do this as the country’s latitude presents a less than optimal angle for sufficient exposure of the sun’s UVB rays. Supplements like these are also a great option because they offer a complete spectrum of nutrients and dosages for both the morning and evening, setting you up for optimal health.

Diet 

There are plenty of foods that contain vitamin D naturally or are fortified. For example, fish, egg yolks, milk, mushrooms, and pork ribs. Before the next snow storm, add any of these items to your grocery store run.

UV lamps

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and only those severely deficient in vitamin D should consider this, under a doctor’s orders or supervision.

Be Proactive!

While most people don’t believe it, two thirds of the Canadian population is not getting enough Vitamin D.

Don’t put your health on the line; be proactive toward ensuring your body is getting the nutrient it deserves!

And don’t forget, winter only lasts a season. Before long, summer will be singing sunshine’s praises.