When the leaves change colors and the days get shorter, it’s not just your mood that can be impacted by seasonal changes. Your vitamin D levels are also at risk of dipping during autumn and winter, which can lead to fatigue. Vitamin D is an important nutrient for bone growth, immune system health, and other functions in the body. Luckily, there are a few ways you can intentionally boost your vitamin D intake during this time!
1. Take Advantage of the Limited Daylight
One of the simplest ways to keep your vitamin D levels up during autumn and winter is to enjoy as much natural light as possible. This means taking advantage of daylight hours by getting outside—yes, even when it’s cold. Taking even a 10-15 minute walk can help boost your mood, get your body moving, and get you a little bit of vitamin D from the sun.
2. Eat Foods Rich in Vitamin D
In addition to getting outside (or if it’s always cloudy), you can also eat more foods that are rich in vitamin D. Foods like salmon, eggs, tuna, pork, mushrooms, and cheese, are all good sources of vitamin D, as well as vitamin D-fortified foods like orange juice, certain cereals, and some types of yogurt. These will help give your body a little bit of a vitamin D boost during the autumn and winter months. However, remember to check the nutritional value label for items that may also be high in sugars or saturated fats.
3. Take Vitamin D Supplements
Finally, if you can’t get outside, don’t eat enough vitamin D-rich foods, or simply want to guarantee you are getting enough vitamin D, vitamin supplements might be the best option for you. Taking regular supplements is a great way to ensure that you are getting your daily recommended value of vitamin D, and it’s very easy to do! If you have any questions about taking vitamin D supplements, visit your primary care provider to ask for their recommendations.
If you’re noticing the change in weather is affecting your mood or energy levels, now is a good time to take action! Which of these tips are you committing to this season?