Vitamin D in the Winter by Dr. Sara Detox Toronto Naturopath
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5 Ways To Get More Vitamin D This Winter

January 20, 2016

 

I spend a lot of time typing away on the computer and working indoors. But I was still surprised when my doctor told me I was low in Vitamin D.

To say I need more sun is an understatement.

And I’m not alone.

Over one-third of North Americans don’t get enough vitamin D from the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) energy.

The energy from the sun converts a chemical in your skin into vitamin D3. This is then transformed by the body into active vitamin D.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin.

It plays an important role in many areas of human health, such as:

  • bone health
  • cancer prevention
  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes

It’s especially important during the winter months to boost immunity and prevent colds and flu.

Getting too little vitamin D is a serious problem that we face in North America.

There are many reasons why people become deficient in this vitamin.

Sunblock and spending too much time indoors is the main cause of deficiency.

A deficiency in this important vitamin can compromise the immune system, weaken bones, raise blood pressure and lead to diabetes, cancer and heart problems.

Most Naturopathic Doctors recommend getting a daily dose of 1000 IU in supplement form. Both vitamin D drops and chewable tablets are popular.

However, there are other ways to increase your levels.


Here Are 5 Ways To Increase Vitamin D

1. Get outside!

You don’t just get this vitamin when it’s blazing hot outside. Even during the cold winter months, it’s recommended that you try to get some sun.

Rather than covering up every inch of your body, take advantage of sunny days and head on outside.

2. Take a high-quality omega-3 fatty acid supplement with vitamin D.

This is another excellent way to increase your levels during the winter months.

3. Eat seafood.

It’s a good time of year to choose seafood over red meat, chicken or pasta.

Opt for wild salmon, halibut, cod, sardines, and oysters, which are all great sources of vitamin D.

4. Minimize sunscreen.

Besides being packed with chemicals, slathering sunscreen on your skin blocks the production of vitamin D.

5. Have organic free-range eggs for breakfast and stop tossing the yolks.

If you want to increase your vitamin D levels naturally through your diet, you’ve got to say bye to egg white omelettes and opt for organic egg yolks.

It’s important to stay healthy during the winter months and keep your immune system strong.

Don’t hole up like a recluse this winter.

Embrace the change of season, enjoy warming herbal teas, and go ice-skating.

You have two choices. Complain all winter long or get outside and make snow angels.

 

Dr.Sara Celik
Dr. Sara Celik is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor and is the Spokesperson for Renew Life Canada. She is a leader in the health and wellness industry and is regularly featured as a sought-after expert on television programs and in health publications. Dr. Sara carries over 15 years experience and her private practice and work in the community is focused on digestive health, detoxification, and clinical nutrition.
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