Our usual “kick-ass” attitude can take a bit of a holiday in the winter months. Most of us blame ourselves, but the truth is the bio-chemistry of our bodies change. Like plants, we need light. When that light goes away, there are consequences. We have a solution for you in order to help you get back to your Self.

Vitamin D, aka the Sunshine Vitamin, is aptly nicknamed since the easiest way to absorb this vitamin is simply being in the sun! In the winter months when the days are shorter and often grey, most Canadians will find that they are actually deficient. How sad is that?! Who doesn’t want their daily dose of sunshine? This is what causes those groggy, slower, blue feelings. It really isn’t you- it’s your surroundings! But this is why it’s incredibly important that we keep up our Vitamin D intake all year round.

The Benefits

Vitamin D is the pick-me-up we all need. It makes our bones and teeth stronger since it plays a major role in regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphate, aiding the development and growth of bone. The role it plays in regulating calcium also helps with our metabolism and maintaining healthy body weight.

Protecting against heart disease and cancer is another benefit of Vitamin D as it helps to stabilize the heart and keep the nervous system strong. In addition to the nervous system, Vitamin D regulates our immune system as well. It even has been found to decrease the risk of respiratory tract infections and the aggravation of asthma so you can breathe easy. ;)

Vitamin D has even been attributed to helping our vision health. Research is still being done to determine what exactly the correlation is however early speculation is that Vitamin D provides the benefit of being an anti-inflammatory when inflammation plays a key role in age-related muscular degeneration (AMD).

Finally, Vitamin D is hugely beneficial for our mental health and helps to combat depression and fatigue. Vitamin D receptors have been found in the part of the brain linked to the development of depression so keeping our Vitamin D intake consistent helps brain function while hindering the possibilities of developing depression or anxieties.

Liquid vs Capsules

This Sunshine Vitamin is not difficult to find. However, the questions we often hear from our clients is what form of Vitamin D should you take: pill, capsules or liquid?

Although liquid and tablet supplements can produce the same benefits, liquid vitamins have one significant advantage over other forms: it does not need to be broken down and digested and therefore considered more bioavailable.

That means the liquid form of Vitamin D is readily absorbed in the body, helping to ensure you receive their full benefits of the supplement.

We carry only the best Vitamin D in liquid form made by Thorne. Thorne is one of the leaders in the industry and we’ve been offering their naturopathic grade products for years. The company have invested in doing comprehensive testing, sourcing the highest quality ingredients, creating a clean manufacturing process, and protecting the environment.

The Symptoms

It’s safe to assume that you are deficient in Vitamin D and truthfully, almost every single one of us could benefit from eating foods that are higher in Vitamin D or taking Vitamin D supplements. Some of the more specific and serious symptoms are soft or brittle bones or teeth, back pain, chronic pain, fatigue and tiredness, getting sick often, wounds that take a while to heal, hair loss, gut issues, and depression.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real issue that many people laugh or joke about but shouldn’t. This is a type of depression that is associated with the change in season, zapping energy and increasing moodiness and fatigue. Some symptoms here are weight gain, oversleeping, low energy, and appetite changes (especially for food high in carbs).

The Solution

So, how do we battle? When the sun isn’t shining outside (or even when it is!) there are some foods we can eat that are high in Vitamin D like salmon, oatmeal, eggs, mushrooms, and leafy greens. An even more simple way to get the Vitamin D you need is through a supplement. In the liquid form, you can easily add it to your morning smoothie or just pop a tablet with any of your other daily vitamins.

If you have any other questions or concerns, drop by EPIC! Our lovely staff is always ready and willing to help and share our knowledge when it comes to your wellbeing.