Feeling the winter blues? Maybe you need to up your vitamin D intake. Believe it or not, but there is actually a correlation between feeling depressed, a little flat or down during the colder months as there is minimal sun... a big, natural source of Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble hormone that is crucial for many functions the body. It is essential for...
- Strong bones
- Controls calcium levels
- Overall general health
- The absorption of calcium in the body
Getting enough Vitamin D is highly important as it provides very beneficial health benefits such as it...
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces auto immunity against diseases
- Improves brain function
- Reduces cancer cell growth
- Improves immunity
- Enhances mood & sleep
- Reduces risk of heart disease and stroke
- Reduces the risk musculoskeletal conditions e.g. muscle pain, rickets (children who get soft and weak bones, osteoporosis (weak or fragile bones) in older people
- Reduces risk of multiple sclerosis, diabetes, mental health issues (e.g. schizophrenia)
Who's at Risk
Some are more at risk than other in Vitamin D deficiency. You are more at risk if...
- Those with darker skin types
- If you live in a colder climate e.g. Nordic Countries
- Get low exposure to sunlight
- Older people, sick or hospitalised people - as they may be housebound, sick or unable to go outside
- Occupation that involve being inside for long periods of time.
- Babies who are breastfed by mothers who have Vitamin D deficiency
- People with medical diseases, condition or who take medication that affect absorption or interfere with Vitamin D
As well as sun exposure, intake of Vitamin D can also be acquired through diet. Food wont provide abundant amounts of Vitamin D... but every bit helps right? Some foods high in Vitamin D are...
- Fortified Vitamin D Milk derived products such as milk or yoghurt
Thank you Sunshine
Vitamin D is know as the 'sunshine vitamin'. This is because, when the sun shines, it releases ultraviolet (UV) radiation. It is the UV rays that is needed for Vitamin production in the body. The sun is the best source of Vitamin D and for it to be effective you must expose bare skin to the rays - not covered with clothing.
Although keeping skin cancer risks, Vitamin D comes greatly from sun exposure. So ensure you are safely putting your face to the sun when you can or spending not all time cooped up indoors.
Interestingly enough, daily exercise contributes to your body's production of Vitamin D... so get moving!
Are you feeling lethargic, a bit flat or experiencing some Vitamin D deficient symptoms? If so, we suggest seeking advice from a professional expert or doctor. If you are taking a Vitamin D supplement will be recommended. Once healthy levels are reached, you will focus on maintaining adequate levels.
Now Foods is a very high dosed (a whopping 5000 IU) Vitamin D supplement. If you don't get enough Vitamin D, you are more likely to be prone and increase the likelihood to health issues.
Containing Vitamin D through food can be done, but does not provide large or enough amounts to keep the body healthily functioning. That is why a supplement is ideal as it is quick, simple and easy to take, especially during these cold months when sun exposure is minimal.
Another great bonus is that Vitamin D is a mood booster and enhancer and has a linked correlation to beat depression.
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