Growing up in India meant being out everyday in intense sun, eating grass-fed meat, and living the relatively relaxed life of a child. I realize now how it must have been fantastic for my Vitamin D levels as all three of those things are important contributors to our Vitamin D stocks.
Then I moved to the Pacific Northwest. I also slowly turned vegetarian.
A few years later, I started to feel this lack of vitality, especially in the wintertime. I got tipped off on Vitamin D and started supplementing it. Mere days after, I felt a distinct difference in mood and energy. I am not big on supplements and always prefer to use my food as medicine but I do swear by this one (especially in Vancouver), for not just the winter but all year round.
Here is what you need to know about Vitamin D.
What do we do about this?
Ayurveda recommends is a multi level approach. Just supplementing is not enough.
For information on hot topics like these, I am ever-grateful to The Green Mama (www.thegreenmama.com). She is an expert on green parenting; drawing from modern science and grandma traditions. She has published this brilliant book that every mama should own. Go to her website and ask her anything! I asked her about pregnancy and Vitamin D.
And as always, I am here to answer questions.
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My aim for this column is to share the self-balancing skills that I have discovered through Ayurveda and show how these ideas can be adopted by anyone (without the need to buy into a whole other cultural reality!)
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