You’ve probably noticed that our days are getting shorter this time of year.
Even down here in “sunny” Florida, the sun is setting a lot sooner than it was a month ago.
We start to lose daylight just after the Summer Solstice in June, but in late September and early October, it really becomes noticeable.
Less light means there’s less time to get outside and enjoy our favorite outdoor activities.
Shorter days can also lead to an important health concerns… poor mood and feelings of sadness.
Experts call this “winter blues,” but these feelings can begin well before the start of winter.
Several studies have suggested that the symptoms of feeling down may be due to changing levels of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced in the body after direct exposure from sunlight.
The direct exposure is critical.
You will not produce vitamin D indoors by just sitting by a window on a sunny day.
And with shorter days, our bodies are getting less sun exposure… and less opportunity to produce vitamin D.
Numerous studies have confirmed a link between low levels of vitamin D and poor mood.
One study in the Netherlands found low levels of vitamin D were associated with poor mood in adults 65 and older.
Another study out of England concluded that vitamin D deficiency in older folks (65+) was associated with feelings of sadness in northern countries, where there is less sunlight.
Other studies have found vitamin D supplementation can improve mood and reduce feelings of being down…
In one study, adults with vitamin D deficiency who received high doses of the vitamin saw an improvement in their mood symptoms after two months.
And, another study found women who were vitamin D deficient, could significantly improve their feelings of sadness with a daily dose of 5,000 IU of the vitamin daily.
Vitamin D deficiencies are tied to nearly every health concern… including poor mood… so keeping levels up is critical, especially if you’re over 50.
But chances are, you’re falling short.
A 2014 report from the Environmental Working Group found that 95% of American adults are deficient in vitamin D.
The government’s “Recommended Daily Allowance” (RDA) for vitamin D is just 600 IU for adults under 70 and 800 IU for adults 70+.
That’s just too low, plain and simple.
According to the Vitamin D Council, a healthy human body utilizes around 3,000-5,000 IU of vitamin D per day just for proper functioning.
There’s just no way the current recommendation of just 600-800 IU daily is enough to raise or maintain the vitamin D levels necessary for vital health.
Which is why my I’ve included 1,500 IU of vitamin D3, your body’s preferred form of the vitamin, into my breakthrough formula, Patriot Vital4®.
You see, taking vitamin D year-round is essential for vital health, but it’s especially important during darker months when you’re not getting much sun exposure.
Load up on this “sunshine” vitamin in fall and winter to stay healthy and help banish those blues away.