Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day...

The benefits of rain are fantastic for the environment around us. Especially living in states that tend to be a lot dryer than most. With the recent drought in California, our lakes, rivers, etc were slowly fading, cost of water was rising, and even in some areas, a water limit was in place. 

We're not quite out of the weeds of winter yet, and  we still have those gloomy and rainy days on the horizon but let's talk sunshine and it's unbelievable benefits is has for our health, mind, and spirit.

Do you ever subconsciously feel happier, stronger, or more energetic when it's sunny out? That's the suns number one job. Vitamin D deficiency is a real thing that can have negative effects on our mind and body that can sometimes be quite easy to ignore.

Back in 2013, I made my first big move to the snowy state of Nebraska, smack dab in the middle of winter. The excitement of snow was enough for me to set aside any differences I may have felt psychically or mentally. However, a month in, I began to notice some difference in my mood and energy levels. I chalked it up to the big move and relocating out of state, but then I started to notice that the symptoms were getting worse, not better. I was shocked when my doctor revealed that I was severely Vitamin D deficient. She quickly put me on a high dose of Vitamin D...and IT WORKED. My mood got better, muscle aches disappeared, and my energy levels were once again balanced. During this entire ordeal, it never occurred to me how important Vitamin D is when it comes to our overall health. 

The two ways you are able to get the right amount of Vitamin D on a daily basis is by exposing your skin to sunlight (while wearing sunscreen) or taking daily supplements. Contrary to what some may believe, you aren't able to get the right amount of Vitamin D through food.

Who wants to feel lousy? Not me. Below are some ways to catch Vitamin D deficiency and stop it in it's track. Along with some Vitamin D food options!

Symptoms

Getting sick or infected often
Fatigue and tiredness
Bone and back pain (body aches)
Depression/changes in mood
Muscle pain

Foods high in Vitamin D

Egg yolks
Salmon
Canned tuna
Mushrooms
Fortified foods – Milk, soy milk, and certain cereals