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As days get darker, here's how to keep your vitamin D up

Rachel Schoutsen
Presenter, The Weather Network

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 2:04 PM - As the days grow darker our bodies change with the decreased sunlight. 

A common issue among Canadians is the lack of Vitamin D. 

​"Vitamin D deficiency has been coming back low in so many of my patients lately," says Naturopath Doctor Justin Gallant. "Getting your vitamin D tested before winter comes is a great idea because it’s only going to go downhill until summertime."

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Essentially our bodies absorb sunlight through our skin. By doing so our body is able to create its own vitamin D supply. As we lose daylight we also lose the amount of time we are able to create this essential vitamin. 

Here are the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency: 

  • Fatigue
  • General poor sense of well-being
  • Achy bones and joints
  • Muscle cramps, weakness or discomfort
  • Low mood, depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) 
  • Getting sick all of the time (weakened immune system)

So what is the best way to increase these levels ? 

"Clinically I find patients can be on a generic-brand vitamin D tablet for years and it won’t budge their vitamin D levels, but as soon as I switch them to D3 liquid from a good quality brand, vitamin D levels start to increase," says Gallant. 

The liquid form goes right into the bloodstream making it a better option over pills that need to be digested. 

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