Sunny days like today make all of us here at CPT look forward to summer! This sunshine also reminds us how much we need Vitamin D--something that can be hard to find in the long Alaskan winters. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient involved in bone density, skin health, and preventing depression and autoimmune disease. Many Alaskans take Vitamin D supplements or eat Vitamin D rich foods such as fish (salmon, yum!), mushrooms, eggs, etc. The darkness is something we're all aware of December through January, but don't forget Vitamin D after the winter solstice. The lowest levels of Vitamin D found in Alaskan blood tests is in March. So don't forget to continue to take your supplements as the snow starts to melt! If you're not that into fish or taking supplements, a short 20-minute walk will give you all the Vitamin D you need for the day! Go get outside and enjoy the warm sunny weather while it lasts!
For more information, ADN did an article on Vitamin D specific to Alaska that can be found at: