I live in Ireland. We are three weeks into March in 2018. We have had one day of clear blue skys and warm sunshine in that time. I took the opportunity to sit in the sun in the morning and get some fresh air and a walk in the afternoon. Being out in the sun lifted my mood. This past winter has been unusually cold and windy with snow. We seldom have snow!! Its very easy to get depressed and run for the cover of the duvet.
I was reading a blog, Cure4Health written by Chadmin. I quote
“During the winter months the sun’s rays are weaker and often covered by clouds. This caused scientists to believe that it was the absence of light that caused depression. In a way they were right. The sun’s rays trigger our body to produce vitamin D.
Studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and mood. Vitamin D is a vitamin our body doesn’t store. Each day we need a source of vitamin D or we become deficient. The good news is that getting enough vitamin D each day is easy. Do you love potatoes? Great! Vitamin D is in potatoes, mushrooms, milk, shellfish, and other fish. ”
Now I know why I like mashed potatoes or fish and chips. When it’s cold outside in Ireland nothing can beat a dinner that includes potatoes. Our most popular takeaway is Fish and Chips. You can’t beat it on a dark cold day to cheer one up.