Let’s Talk Vitamin D
Vitamin D – Many health experts consider the benefits of Vitamin D to be one of the most important health discoveries in the last century! How amazing is that?
The first thing that comes to mind when you think about Vitamin D is SUNSHINE.
Almost everyone should think about taking a pure multi-vitamin. Especially now that we know our soil and food is nutritionally lacking. But what should we consider when choosing supplements?
Always look for the highest quality supplements you can find. Read the labels and make sure they are not full of binders, fillers, artificial colors, flavors, and allergens.
All supplements are not created equal. If a supplement is inexpensive there is usually a reason why. We want quality when building our Goddess bodies.
* Always consult with your physician first, before taking any supplements and for recommended dosages.
Vitamin D is known as the “Sunshine Vitamin”
Did you know Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and autism?
It is a fat-soluble vitamin that is different from other vitamins because our bodies can make most of what we need with exposure to sunlight.
Vitamin D is more than a vitamin in that is acts as a pro-hormone and affects hormone balance and immune regulation of the body.
85% of us are not getting enough Vitamin D. I recently had an extensive blood test and I was extremely low in Vitamin D, and I live in sunny Florida. We tend to be busy people going from our homes to our cars and to work, spending a lot of time indoors.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that the percentage of adults who get a “sufficient” amount of vitamin D is about 30% in white and, about 5 – 10% in African Americans.
Vitamin D is actual not a vitamin. It’s a secosteroid which is a hormonal precursor. Vitamin D is necessary for proper mineral absorption and metabolism.
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 foods in your diet that contain Vitamin D, like fish (wild salmon is good), cod liver oil, milk, eggs, fresh fruits, and vegetables will also help. Unfortunately, most of us cannot get enough Vitamin D through food sources or sun exposure.
It is estimated that up to 2/3 of the population is Vitamin D deficient and needs to take a Vitamin D3 supplement. Keep in mind that it is a fat-soluble vitamin and should be taken with a meal for the best absorption possible.
Benefits of Vitamin D
Vitamin D plays an important role in bone building by enabling calcium uptake by your body. It can also be very important for a healthy immune system function and may help lower your risk of contracting colds.
- Bone Health – Vitamin D aids in the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous
- Helps increases bone density & helps decrease fractures
- Can help to prevent osteoporosis
- May enhance the immune system, lowering the incidence of colds or flu
- Can lower incidence of cancer & rheumatoid arthritis
- Helps to control hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Can aid in heart/cardiovascular health, preventing premature death
- Can reduce inflammation in the body
- Helps in the prevention of diabetes, autoimmune diseases, & multiple sclerosis
- Eases muscle aches & fibromyalgia symptom
- Can improve serotonin levels, thus aiding the control of depression
- Helps to control appetite and even improves fat-loss efforts
Foods High in Vitamin D
- Egg yolk
- Cod liver oil
- Fortified almond milk & nut milks
- Nutritional yeast
- Yogurt & raw milk
- Mother Natures “Sunshine”
There are five different types of Vitamin D (D1, D2, D3, D4 & D5), but D2 and D3 are the only types that our bodies can use.
Vitamin D is found in 2 bio-available forms. Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol) is made by plants. You can find it in foods that have been fortified, such as juices, milk, or cereals (not really the best source). However, Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol), the most complete form of Vitamin D, is made when the skin is exposed to sunlight.
One of the only vitamins that your body can produce by itself.
What stimulates this amazing vitamin? Mother Natures sunshine! It’s the ultraviolet-B radiation (UVB) that enables vitamin D production to occur in the skin.
Your body naturally needs sunlight to produce vitamin D. This does not mean you need to stay in the sun all day. But in today’s world we are afraid of the gift of sunlight. It is a gift to our bodies when used in moderation.
Bone and Muscle Health
Consuming more high vitamin D foods plays a key role in calcium absorption and helps keep bones strong. It may also help maintain healthy muscles throughout life. Older adults with adequate vitamin D levels are more likely to be active, have improved muscle strength, and are less prone to injuries from falls.
How do I know if I am getting enough?
Have a blood test called 25 (OH). It is the ONLY blood test out there that measures the amount of Vit-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.
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