This series is at aimed at giving you practical tools that you can utilise each day to create happiness and joy in your life, and guide you on your journey to wellness. For more tips check out the Happiness Tips series.
Happiness, sunshine and vitamin D
Vitamin D is known as the 'sunshine vitamin' as it forms in our bodies in response to the UVB radiation we receive from sunlight. It performs numerous important functions including the power to increase our bodies' level of seratonin, a mood neurotransmitter. Vitamin D has proven effective in treating depression and SAD (seasonal affective disorder), and a theory exists that it alters dopamine levels in the brain, leading to feelings of happiness and positivity.
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It's imperative to spend ten to fifteen minutes per day in the sun without sunscreen to receive an adequate supply. People with naturally dark skin require more exposure than their fair skinned counterparts. Do not rely on fortified foods as there is debate over whether this vitamin D is in a form that is easily utilised by the body.
With one in three Australians now deficient in vitamin D, make sure you get out for your daily dose of sunshine today.