Importance of vitamin D and its positive impact of the mood
Many people deprive themselves of sunlight. Their homes are noticeably dark all the time; the blinds are closed, curtains are drawn, indoor lights dim. You can be sure there is at least one person in that household who suffers from a bout of depression or mood swings. Having a dark environment affects the mood in a negative way. There is a direct correlation between sunlight and happiness.
There is a direct correlation between lack of sunlight and depression.
Receiving a healthy dose of sunlight keeps the antidepressants away. Over 85% of the body’s vitamin D comes from sunlight. Although only direct sun-rays synthesize vitamin D, allowing natural light into the home provides a bright and inviting atmosphere which can enhance your mood. So it is essential to allow natural light to enter the house, and to do so as much as possible. Life has its ups and downs, so don’t deny your body of natural sunlight. Open the blinds, go outside, get some fresh air and bask in the sunlight. Try it for a week and you will notice a drastic improvement in your overall mood
The body has a storage reserve of vitamin D, so deficiencies take time to develop and the same goes for replenishing those reserves. Depending on your skin tone, approximately 10-15 minutes a day of direct sunlight is adequate to keep the vitamin D reserves at an optimal level. Even in a sunny state like Texas, 1 out of 3 people are deficient in vitamin D. Most people leave for work before the sun comes up. At work, they are indoors. On their way home from work they sit in the car with the windows rolled up (glass disrupts the process of synthesizing vitamin D through the skin). Vitamin D is essential for bone health, the immune system, and overall mental health. It also helps the body eliminate lead, which is stored in the bones. Direct sun exposure is the best and most effective way of maintaining your body’s vitamin D, but deficiencies may also require supplementation. If you suspect a deficiency, see your healthcare provider to get your levels checked.