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I had originally planned to write something about Valentine’s Day, but to be honest, I’ve been feeling a little down. Seattle’s PNW has been dealing with what many people are calling the snowpocalypse and apparently Seattle hasn’t seen this much snow in about seven years. Although I truly enjoy the snow (with the exception of driving in it) and how pretty it is, this California girl is coming down with a minor case of seasonal depression.
I haven’t quite been feeling myself lately and I can tell that something is a little off because my patience is running a little thinner and I’m feeling uninspired to do things that I normally enjoy. I also have been getting some pretty intense headaches. On top of all of that, I feel a bit more emotional than normal.
This is not a new experience for me, I felt this way last year too, right around the same time too. I think it has something to do with how winter feels up north. I feel that February, more than any other winter month, feels the most like winter. It’s colder, darker and the daylight feels super short, even though we are getting closer to spring. However, I’m not worried because I have a secret weapon to combat these dark days.
I use vitamin D, nothing fancy and actually no magic either, just Trader Joes branded vitamin D pills. I didn’t realize the true benefits of vitamin D until last year when I fell into a pretty bad depression. It was my first year, my first winter, in Seattle and I was also dealing with trying to integrate myself into a new city hundreds of miles away from my family and friends. I first sought out therapy and my therapist suggested that I try supplementing my diet with vitamin D pills.
I’m not going to lie, I was pretty skeptical about them at first because I never really took vitamins or pills and I didn’t see how it could help. After talking to coworkers and telling them how I was feeling, they all said that I need vitamin D and so I figured what the heck, I can try it out and if I don’t feel any different I can just stop taking them. I really had nothing to lose here.
Within a week I began to feel so much better and so much happier so when I started feeling the same way as I did last year, I immediately ran to my cupboard.
Did you know that vitamin D is often referred to as the sunshine vitamin? And for good reason too. This little pill is most commonly used to supplement a healthy diet, but it can also be used for the fall and winter months to combat the symptoms of a winter funk. Here are some of its other benefits:
Why it’s good for the body
- It makes your bones strong and healthy
- It supports your immune system and keeps illnesses, such as the flu, away
- It can help to lower your risk of diabetes
- It’s good for the overall development and growth of babies
- It’s also good for a pregnant mommy
- It can also reduce your chance of getting cancer
Ever since I found out how beneficial vitamin D pills are, I’ve made it a point to take more vitamins. I’m not always super diligent about it, but I take vitamins more often than not to keep myself healthy and my spirits high!
If taking pills just isn’t your thing, here is a list of foods that are high in vitamin D:
- Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
- Some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and some cereals
- Beef Liver
- Egg Yolks
How are you combating the winter blues? Has vitamin D worked for you? Let me know in a comment below!
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