In addition to keeping depression at bay, studies have shown that daily sun exposure, with at least 40 percent of your skin exposed for 10 to 15 minutes, is your best source. Vitamin D has also been proven to prevent certain forms of cancer, heart disease and hypertension. It prevents osteoporosis by protecting and lubricating bones and helps reduce the body's inflammatory response to diseases such as diabetes and obesity. Without it, your body can't absorb and metabolize calcium.
So what's not to love? Being outside in the cold weather. Those who don't get enough exposure to sunlight in the winter months may need to talk with their doctor about getting this vitamin in the form of a supplement. Eating foods naturally rich in vitamin D can also help you turn that winter frown upside down. Although the list is short, these foods will carry your good mood through the spring:
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