When I was younger, living in Illinois, I suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder. The winter blues are real! When I moved to San Diego at 20, I learned that getting my Vitamin D was super important, I spent so much time soaking up the California sunshine because I took public transit and walked everywhere. My mood didn’t change in the wintertime. I felt so good. But I was young and didn't know what was causing this change.
And eventually, I moved back home, and I felt the effects of low vitamin d creeping in. I just didn’t know it at the time. I was getting migraines that gave me tunnel vision, my mood was all jacked up, I knew something was wrong. There were a couple times I would be at work and all of a sudden I could barely see my hand in front of my face. Once, I got sent home to go to the emergency room because I looked like I was going to pass out. It was so scary.
So I made an appointment. And they scheduled a bunch of tests. They did an MRI, drew blood, and did the full panel. It was truly an adventure. And then I got a phone call from the doctor’s office.
The only thing they found was that I was severely deficient in vitamin D.
I learned that if you live too far north, there are times of the year that the sun literally isn’t high enough in the sky to provide the UVB rays needed to create vitamin D. It needs to reach at least 31 degrees. I love using the DMinder app to help track my natural production and supplementation. It also reminds you of when to get out of the sun to prevent burning based on your skin type! I highly recommend this app.
I also learned that those UVB rays can’t penetrate glass or sunblock…
It’s recommended to spend a little bit of time every day in the sun to produce vitamin D naturally. When you can’t do that, having a supplement that keeps your immune system and entire body functioning properly is so important.