Summer sun shining on your face, warming your skin, and making you feel like falling in love.
A much-studied topic and widely published in teen magazines, summer is a good time to fall in love and to catch the eye of the one you have had your eye on. It has been said that it is easier to fall in love in the summer; we are more carefree, feel less stress, and generally more social.
Is it less clothing and the carefree energy of summer? Or is it the replenishment of our vitamin D that makes us ready for a match made in heaven? Or could it be a bit of both?!
In case you haven’t heard, the sun and the summer months give you access to a cost-free version of the much-needed vitamin D. If you are in the North Pole aka Canada or the northern/non-sunshine states, chances are you do not get enough vitamin D naturally for most of the year. Yet, vitamin D is not only important for our bones and pearly whites, but also for our brains!
Recent research has suggested that vitamin D has neuroprotective effects and that deficiency in vitamin D is linked to impaired cognition. One study deprived healthy adult mice of dietary vitamin D for 20 weeks, after which they used tests to compare them with a group of control mice. Cognitive tests revealed that the mice that lacked vitamin D were less able to learn and remember new things compared with the mice in the control group. Also among the findings was that there was a reduction in the number and strength of connections in the hippocampus.
The hippocampus is a sea horse shaped part of our brain found deep inside our temporal lobe. The hippocampus is important for storing memories. If you imagine being a skier and skiing over the same spot over and over again, this would be strong connections in the brain. A weak connection would be if it snowed on top or the path was all over the place.
So what does this mean? It means if you want to remember your summer flings and summer loves make sure to do things to keep your brain healthy like getting sun, sleep, and of course, downloading brain friendly apps like the Nuro app by Nurosene!
What is the best way to get vitamin D?
- In the morning look in the direction of the sun; this also helps to regulate your sleep wake cycle. You brain needs to know when the sun is rising so it knows when to wake up. At the same time, looking outside at sundown helps tell our brains that the day is ending and soon will be bedtime.
- Eat a diet rich in vitamin D
- If indicated, supplement with vitamin D (get a vitamin D test from your GP or ND to make sure)
Now, you can have too much of a good thing. So if you are supplementing with vitamin D, make sure to circle around with your trusted health professional. Too much love though? Never heard of that!