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Vitamin D β˜€οΈ We get it from the sun, but in the winter months in Melbourne it can be extremely difficult to absorb. Due to the very low levels of UV rays, we are required to spend multiple hours in the sun per week, without sunscreen and clothes covering every surface of our body πŸ˜…πŸ§€πŸ§£πŸ§’πŸ™…πŸ»β€β™€οΈ But considering the sun is often hibernating behind the clouds, and that time spent indoors by a heater is more appealing than shivering outside in the cold, many Australians are deficient in the vitamin. VicHealth found that even when Melbournians met the recommended exposure in winter, their levels still weren’t adequate. This can lead to symptoms such as SAD (seasonal affective disorder), depression, fatigue, poor immune function, autoimmunity and decreased bone density. To prevent this as much as possible, we can supplement with vitamin D3 (the active form) and consume foods such as oily fish, cod liver oil, and eggs. Interestingly, if you leave mushrooms in the sun, they act like the human skin and produce vitamin D, which you can then absorb when you eat them. 
If you believe your levels may be low (like the rest of us 😬), come and chat to our in-house naturopath about the best options for you.

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