Moods are sometimes related to micronutrients. For instance, vitamin D plays a role in the production of serotonin, a hormone that promotes positive feelings in our brains. A deficiency of vitamin D is associated with lousy moods and lack of energy, which means that not getting enough vitamin D means not getting enough happy.
We can eat our vitamin D or get it from the sunshine. While we can’t get our energy directly from the sun’s rays, we can get our daily dose because our bodies can make vitamin D from sunlight.
The same way that plants use light to create their fuel via photosynthesis, your skin uses the light of the sun to photosynthesize vitamin d. At midday in the summertime, it takes only 20minutes of sun exposure for the body to make 20,000 international units of vitamin D…and when you consider that the recommended dairy allowance for people under the age of 50 is 200 international units, it’s clear that the sun is an effective supplier.
Foods with Vitamin D:
- Fatty Fish
- Fortified Milk
If you suspect you’re not getting enough, your doctor can give you a simple test.
But remember, once you’ve soaked up your dose of vitamin d, you’ve got to protect your skin. Be sure to apply sunscreen if you plan to be in the sun longer than 20minutes.
-Diaz, Cameron. The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body. N.p.: HarperCollins, n.d. Print.