It is amazing how many people are affected by the Northwest weather. One great tool to help maintain your outlook on these rainy days, is vitamin D. Vitamin D helps to regulate the brain’s neurotransmitters, like serotonin, melatonin and dopamine, which in turn improves your mood. Other benefits of a healthy vitamin D regimen include prevention of osteoporosis, improved immune system and prevention of allergies. There are some other compelling research findings (see here) that link low vitamin D levels to an increased risk of heart attack in men as well as high blood pressure.
Our amazing bodies naturally produce vitamin D when we are exposed to sunshine. It can also come from foods such as fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks, as well as from fortified dairy and grain products.
How much should you take? The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recommended daily intake of vitamin D is 600 IU for people ages 1 to 70, and 800 IU after age 70. However evidence suggests the optimal intake is higher between 800–1,000 IU for adults (more info here).
Get your Vitamin D!