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Smorgasbord Health Column – UnSeasonal Affective Disorder – The Missing Link – Vitamin D by Sally Cronin | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

For those of you who aren’t aware, Sally Cronin isn’t only an amazing author and blogger, but she is a certified nutritionist. And among her many series she holds at her Smorgasbord Invitation, Sally shares important information about health and simple things we can do to keep our bodies in check – especially as we age.

This a great accompaniment article to Sally’s Cholesterol series, today – Sally educates us on the importance of our bodies getting enough Vitamin D – especially in Covid times, today at Smorgasbord Health.

Sally also explains the link between Vitamin D and statin drugs and how to get enough of the vitamin in our diets, along with proper dosages.

 

Smorgasbord Health Column – UnSeasonal Affective Disorder – The Missing Link – Vitamin D by Sally Cronin

 

 

Normally I would refer to Seasonal Affective Disorder in February as the winter months take their toll on our physical, mental and emotional health. However, reading the various reports in the media on Vitamin D Deficiency being one of the causes for susceptibility to Covid-19 and raised concerns on the levels of mental health issues including depression, the comments from readers who are experiencing lack of energy and focus, I began to see some parallels to SAD, but six months ahead of schedule. You can find more about SAD in Part One

Regular visitors will have read my previous posts on Vitamin D but as one of the key nutrients for the efficiency of our immune system, I will keep banging this particular drum.

First a reminder if you missed the first post in this series of the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Unexplained weight gain and loss
  • Slow growth in children,
  • Overeating of carbohydrates and sugars
  • Insomnia
  • Increased infections.

In my recent series Project 101 – Resilience I shared some of the recent research into the nutrient’s connection to the current pandemic.

There have been a number of risk factors identified that put certain groups of the population at a higher risk of a critical outcome from being infected with Covid- 19 – one of these is a deficiency of Vitamin D which is also a key nutrient in preventing SAD.

It was initially thought to be more common in those living in the Northern Hemisphere. However, there is also evidence that shows that middle-aged women in countries such as Greece and Italy also suffer from Vitamin D deficiency, largely due to the fact that they tend to cover up and avoid the sunshine. Many countries now fortify dairy products and other foods and that does appear to help the deficiency status of the population.

There have been a number of studies to determine if in fact having sufficient Vitamin D levels offers protection or minimises the severity of Covid-19, and this is obviously going to be ongoing and interesting to follow. . . continue reading at Sally’s blog.

 

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16 Comments

  • Hilary Melton-Butcher

    Hi Debby – Sally certainly seems to have the necessary knowledge to remind us of what we need … I’m lucky with my health and take care of it … we have sun today – so I’m off for a walk to get the sun on my face and hands at least! It’s so clearly written … thanks for this post and the link over to Sally … take care and all the very best – Hilary

  • Jacqui

    I don’t think I suffer from SAD but I have lived most of my life in sunny climes. Moving to Seattle makes me shiver. This is a good overview, Deb.

  • Diane McGyver

    I heard this message from above (aka the sun) several years ago. When I’m not outside in the winter drinking that sunshine every day, I take Vitamin D. Summer is different. I’m out for hours on end with no sunscreen to block that wonderful Vitamin D.

    I’m not surprised kids are dificient in it. They’re seldom outside and when they are, they’re slathered with sunscreen. My kids weren’t and never had a problem. Given our mixed-bag of DNA, we don’t burn; we just turn brown.

    Back in 2014, I learned about the link between colds/flues and zinc and Vitamin D. After a little research, I found the 3rd item in the trinity: selinium. Since I started taking these at different intervals throughout the year, I have not been sick. That’s six years and five months without a cold or flu. I brag about my immune system. It’s my invisible mask. Actually, it’s a hazmat suit.

    • dgkaye

      Lol Diane, great story, but also great genes and DNA 🙂 But you are right, Zinc and Selenium are critical minerals for our immune system. And I do remember you saying something about your trusted zinc, a few years back! Stay healthy! 🙂 x

  • Miriam Elston Hurdle

    This is an important article, Debby! My daughter lives in Oregon and her doctor made the same recommendations to her. When the sun comes out, she makes sure to have the kids out. They go to the beaches often to get some sun. Even though one-third of the year is rainy, they try to catch the sun intentionally. Thank you for reblog!

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