Okay, so I know this is nerdy but I’m super proud of how punny that title is. (Get it?! vitamin D comes from light! Delightful! Hahahaha okay I’m done.
Seattle has officially begun Fall. It is RAINING. Daily. All day. All week. Rain rain rain rain. It’s also getting dark out earlier and staying dark later. A few weeks ago it was sunny all the time, now it’s literally the opposite.
This has a big effect on our vitamin D levels (a major source of vitamin D is sunlight!). In fact, even if you don’t live in Seattle, many people in the world are deficient in vitamin D! According to the CDC, over 25% of the population is vitamin D deficient. So, despite sunny weather, you may be looking at a vitamin D deficiency.
This is because vitamin D isn’t present in many foods. Mushrooms and milk are my go-to recommended foods to get vitamin D, but it can still be difficult to reach ideal levels.
So this is the time of year that I start taking vitamin D supplements! I swear by these, there’s no way I’d make it through a Seattle fall/winter/spring without them.
What does vitamin D even do/ Why do you need it?
Vitamin D is required for the regulation of the minerals calcium and phosphorus in the body. It also plays an important role in maintaining proper bone structure. Over time research has linked low vitamin D levels with obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, osteoporosis and cancer.
The most important result of vitamin D deficiency, however, is depression.
Studies by Springer, and research results reported in the New England Journal of Medicine and by the Vitamin D Council, are indicating a link to depression. Canadian researchers reviewed 14 studies, consisting of 31,424 participants and found a strong correlation between depression and a lack of Vitamin D. This applies to Seasonal Affective Disorder as well, which many Seattilites suffer from.
So, my fave vitamin company, Vita Optimum, has bomb vitamin D supplements and I scored you guys a discount! The promo code for TSOH readers to receive 25% off all their products on Amazon is TSOH25VO!!!
I luuuuve Vita Optimum because they are affordable, high quality, third-party tested (super important!), made in the U.S., and made in facilities that pass all FDA regulations. Their vitamin D in particular is made from organic extra virgin olive oil and has zero fillers or preservatives. Super, super high quality! They are also awesome about discounts or refunds — I ordered the wrong bottle and they fixed it no questions asked, super easy.
Enjoy your awesome discounts!!!