Vitamin D is a bit of a misnomer because it is actually a hormone. Our bodies produce it when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet light. We can also get it from certain food. If you live in the northern hemisphere, you are probably familiar with the long dark winter months. As the days get shorter, vitamin D deficiencies are more common. Understanding that vitamin D is a hormone and not a vitamin can bridge the connection between deficiencies and mental health issues and depression. Hormones influence our mood, so it is essential to incorporate more vitamin D rich foods in your diet this winter.
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