Journal of Internal Medicine has conducted a study that shows a link between vitamin D deficiency and depression.  Vitamin D is important to brain function.  https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1365-2796.2008.02008.x

 Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because it is produced in your skin in response to sunlight. After a day at the beach or hiking outdoors in the sun, don’t you feel happier & more alive? During the winter when you are less exposed to sunshine, do you feel the blues?

Consider taking a vitamin D supplement & adding foods rich in vitamin D including:

  • Salmon (wild Alaska with no mercury)
  • Mackerel
  • sardines
  • other fatty fish
  • fish liver oils
  • animal fats
  • eggs
  • mushrooms
  • cereal – consider hot gluten-free quinoa or oatmeal
  • cod liver oil (also contains vitamin A)

If you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, there’s a chance you are not consuming sufficient vitamin D.