Are you getting enough vitamin G?

January 18, 2021

By Dr. Sarah Vadeboncoeur, ND

Don’t worry! You haven’t missed the memo on the latest high antioxidant vitamin. Vitamin G stands for green space. And we’re all severely deficient.

I’ve started asking the patients I work with how often they get outside. Too often, they spend almost all of their time indoors during the week and might get out for a longer walk on the weekend. With winter upon us, and current lockdown measures, many of us aren’t getting outside enough.

In fact, getting some vitamin G is one of the best things we can do for our health and well-being right now. Spending time in green spaces, such as a parks, forests, and other natural settings has been shown to:

  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Boost your mood
  • Improve concentration
  • Improve immune function
  • Support better sleep from optimal light exposure

It’s a simple yet powerful habit that we can start today. So, find a forest or park close to home and start getting outside for at least 20-30 minutes of fresh air daily.

Some of my favourite times for “forest bathing”, as the Japanese call it, are:

  • First thing in the morning as soon as I wake up. I reward myself with a hot cup of coffee when I get back.
  • At lunchtime during the mid-afternoon “slump” to get re-energized for the evening “shift” with my family.
  • After dinner to help with digestion.

So, put on some warm clothing, a good pair of boots and enjoy nature’s gift of vitamin G. And we might cross paths in Hampton park, my daily source of vitamin G!

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