Summertime means there is plenty of Free Vitamin D for everyone! Over the last century, there have been many amazing discoveries for better health and longevity. One of the most important being many health the many health benefits of vitamin D. The first thing that comes to mind when you think about Vitamin D is SUNSHINE. 🙂
Let’s start with The Basics:
Vitamin D comes in 2 forms. Plants make vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol). You can find it in fortified foods, such as juices, milk, or cereals (not the best source). However, Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol), the most complete form of Vitamin D, is made when exposing skin to the sun.
We’ve been somewhat “brain-washed” by the media to think that all sun exposure is bad. This is NOT TRUE! Getting 15 minutes of direct sunlight on unprotected skin is usually enough to get your daily dose. Nature is your best bet for Vitamin D. Including food in your diet that contains vitamin D, like fish (wild salmon is good), cod liver oil, eggs, fresh fruits, and vegetables will also help. Unfortunately, most of us cannot get enough Vitamin D through food sources or sun exposure which is why supplements are important.
An estimated 2/3 of the population is Vitamin D deficient and needs to take a Vitamin D3 supplement. Keep in mind that it’s a fat-soluble vitamin, so take with a meal for the best absorption possible.
What are some of the benefits?
- Bone Health – Vitamin D aids in the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous
- Increases bone density & helps decrease fractures
- Helps to prevent osteoporosis
- Enhances the immune system, lowering the incidence of colds or flu
- Lowers incidence of cancer & rheumatoid arthritis
- Controls hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Aids in heart/cardiovascular health, preventing premature death
- Reduces inflammation
- Prevention of diabetes, autoimmune diseases, & multiple sclerosis
- Eases muscle aches & fibromyalgia symptoms
- Improves serotonin levels, thus aiding the control of depression
- Helps control appetite and even improves fat-loss efforts!!
Who knew that one vitamin could do so much? Be sure to spend a few minutes in the sun so you can get your Vitamin D! It’s essential for good health & the list of benefits just keeps on GROWING.
So, you’re probably wondering… How do I know if I’m getting enough Vitamin D?
Have a blood test called 25(OH). It is the ONLY blood test out there that measures the amount of Vitamin D to determine if you are getting enough or not. This test is especially important if you have a family history of cancer or autoimmune disease.