Don’t Worry, Be Happy! The Benefits of Vitamin D

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November 20, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter

Ever notice a change in your moods during the cold, winter months? It is common for people to become less happy as the hours of daylight begin to dwindle. Exposure to the sun helps us make vitamin D, which performs many important roles within the body. One of Vitamin D’s main functions involves regulating the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, which are responsible for elevating our moods. It is no coincidence that people tend to be happier in the spring and summer as the sun makes more of an appearance once again. However, there are other ways to get vitamin D besides spending a beautiful day under the sun. Vitamin D can also be consumed in the form of many delicious foods. This is very helpful considering we are not always able to get Vitamin D in the form of sunshine during the winter months. In order to make sure you stay happy and healthy this winter season, make sure you get your healthy dose of Vitamin D! It is suggested that adults and children should consume around 600 IU per day in order to reap all of the benefits of Vitamin D. Below is a chart outlining the different food sources of Vitamin D so you can be happy even when the sun is not shining!

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http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-breakthrough-depression-solution/201111/psychological-consequences-vitamin-d-deficiency

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Authors

Dr. Wali Gauvin

Kendra Fink RD CPT

Jessica Griffin: Intern

Julianna Yi: Intern

Marielle Mangano: Intern

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