Vitamin D: are you D-ficient?

There has been a lot of buzz about Vitamin D lately.

Why is Vitamin D so important?
Vitamin D is fat soluble vitamin that is eventually converted into a hormone within our body. It has many important roles and functions, such as:
~regulate the absorption and metabolism of calcium, a vital process in bone health
~reduce the risk of heart disease
~regulate blood pressure
~support the immune system
~regulate mood and brain function
~ability to protect ourselves from cancer.(1)

How do you get Vitamin D?
The best source of Vitamin D is the SUN! When your skin is exposed to the sun, our bodies convert the sunlight into Vitamin D3 to be used by the body. It is recommended that we get fifteen minutes of sun directly on our skin (face, arms, hands, back) several times a week.

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The nature of today’s lifestyle can make it very difficult to spend time outdoors, leaving most Americans extremely vitamin D deficient. Therefore, you may want to consider taking a high-quality Vitamin D3 supplement, especially in the dark and cold winter months. Even if you are taking a multi-vitamin supplement, it’s very unlikely that it contains an adequate dosage. Therefore, you’ll want to supplement on top of what you are currently taking.

Here is a brand that I use:
vitamin d

(Can be purchased here.)

Note: Vitamin D3 is far more easily absorbed and used by the body than other types of Vitamin D.

Since our bodies are designed to obtain this essential vitamin through the sun, so you’ll find very few foods that naturally contain vitamin D. These include wild caught salmon, eggs and mushrooms. While many foods today are fortified with D vitamins, it is typically with vitamin D2, which is not as efficiency absorbed or utilized by the body.

Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency:
~difficulty thinking
~bone pain
~frequent bone fractures
~muscle weakness
~fatigue
~poor mood / depression

If you know that you are not getting adequate sun and could possibly be deficient in this important vitamin, I encourage you to have your physician test your blood levels and check your vitamin D levels.

sources:
(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15585788

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