Boost your mood with the ‘sunshine vitamin'
Friday, 14 May · 2 min read

Known as the ‘sunshine vitamin', vitamin D is produced naturally in your skin when you’re in direct sunlight. You may know that it helps build your bones, teeth, muscles and immune system by regulating the calcium and phosphorus in your body. But, did you know that it may play an important role when it comes to your mood too?

Although more research needs to be done, some studies suggest that vitamin D keeps your brain healthy and that if you don’t get enough of it, you may develop anxiety and depression.

To make sure you’re getting all the benefits of vitamin D, make sure you’re topping up on sunlight every day for short periods. Just be careful not to burn, and cover up or wear sunblock before your skin starts to turn red or burn.

Try these vitamin D-rich foods when you’re not getting enough sunlight:

  • oily fish like salmon, sardines and herring
  • red meat and liver
  • egg yolks
  • fortified foods like some cereals, yoghurts, milk and orange juice

If you spend most of your time indoors, you can also take vitamin D supplements – 10 micrograms a day should be enough – but check with a doctor first.

Did you know, you can use the Healthily app to track your mood? Go to ‘My account’ then 'My trackers' and choose ‘Mood’.

Quick Quiz
Your body can make enough vitamin D if you’re sitting indoors, soaking up the sun through a window. True or false?