Vitamin D and Winter

The Health Benefits of Vitamin D

It makes sense that most people living in Wisconsin year round are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D is produced in the body in response to the absorption of UV rays from the sun. However, with winters in Wisconsin, we don’t see sun very much, and it is important during this time to keep your vitamin D levels up. A vitamin D deficiency can have many effects on someone, including fatigue, mood swings, depression, muscle cramps, and bone and joint pain. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Here are some ways to increase your Vitamin D levels when it is below 0. 

  • Eat pork, mushrooms, and fatty fish. These foods are naturally rich in Vitamin D
  • Get outside when you can. When the sun does peak out, try to step outside. Even if it’s for a short walk, or just a step, it’s better than staying inside.
  • Getting a Vitamin D lamp can increase your mood, but does not increase your Vitamin D levels. A small sun lamp can be found online for various prices ranging from $15.00 – $50.00.
  • Take a Vitamin D supplement. Make sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements, but when all else fails, this can help.