I’m recording this in January 2023, during the winter… when it’s cold and flu season. This is also the time people start to gain weight and lose muscle mass and strength.
During the winter, there is an increased incidence of sadness or even depression. In fact, it’s been termed Seasonal Affective Disorder or “S.A.D.”
We also have more aches and pains during the winter, especially after the age of 35. These colder months are also when we feel more fatigued, tired, and less driven.
Now, there’s one main common denominator during this time as well – less sunlight.
There’s far less daylight and it’s cold, so everyone is indoors or covered up in jackets and so forth. Less sunlight also means dramatically lower levels of vitamin D – which is a crucial vitamin.
In fact, Vitamin D isn’t even a vitamin, it’s technically a HORMONE and that’s why it’s so powerful.
The sad truth is that even during the summer months with all the sunshine, 1 in 3 people are deficient in Vitamin D. And 2 out of 3, 66% of people have low levels of Vitamin D. So, you can imagine how much worse it is during the cold, winter months.
And I mention this because of all the negative health issues I just mentioned…
- Fat gain & muscle loss
- Aches & pains
- Poor immune system
- Hormonal imbalances
These are all symptoms of low levels of Vitamin D.
Thus, during the winter, even more so than the summer, you need to add in or increase your Vitamin D levels.
And since there’s very little sunshine hitting your body during the winter, you need to take Vitamin D in supplement form.
And as I’ve stated in the previous articles, you need to take Vitamin D3, with vitamin K2. This is because these two fat-soluble vitamins work together to improve absorption and calcium metabolism.
Now, before you go out and buy some vitamin D, please know that not all vitamin D supplements work correctly and some can be very bad for your health because they can cause calcium buildup in your arteries – which is very bad for blood flow, your brain, and your heart.
The TYPE of Vitamin D and K matters. Remember, you want D3 + K2.
As does the dosage and ratio between these two vitamins.
The clinically researched dose is 125 mcg of D3 + 50 mcg of K2, about a 2:1 ratio.
I use a product called Perfect Vitamin D&K. It’s vegan and not made from sheep oil like most get caplet vitamin D products.
Plus, all you need is one pill daily and a bottle will last you at least 3 months.
Vitamin D is one of the must-have vitamins that I take year-round, and at a higher dose during the colder winter months. I know for a fact that it’s one big reason I almost never get sick anymore.