The Vitamin D-lemma has been a hot topic in the news recently. A lot of us aren’t getting enough vitamin D. In fact, recent studies suggest that up to 80% of people have insufficient levels of this essential nutrient, which offers a multitude of health benefits.
Why? Lack of sun exposure. Vitamin D is considered the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced as sunlight touches your skin. Our busy workdays keep us indoors most of the time, preventing us from seeing much of the sun. And protective covering such as sunscreens and clothing inhibit vitamin D synthesis.
While modifying your diet is another way to up your vitamin D intake, most people don’t get enough vitamin D from diet alone. Are you getting enough?
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Studies show this essential nutrient helps:
- Support healthy heart function
- Promote immune system health
- Facilitate healthy cell development
- Maintain strong bones and teeth by increasing calcium absorption
Yeah, I live in Milwaukee and It’s Winter
Vitamin D comes in two forms: D2 and D3. Of the two, D3 is more bioactive. The body synthesizes vitamin D3 from cholesterol and sunlight; which makes it difficult to obtain adequate amounts of vitamin D during cloudy or winter months.
In the body, vitamin D is responsible for maintaining normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus, and helping to build strong bones. Vitamin D may also contribute to the overall health of the cardiovascular system. It works with other vitamins, minerals and hormones to promote bone mineralization.
Research shows that vitamin D may help support a healthy immune system by regulating lymphocyte function, cytokine production and macrophage activity. Studies also show that Vitamin D may improve seasonal mood disorders
Did you know?
- Vitamin D is present in certain fish and fortified foods such as cows milk, orange juice, and breakfast cereals. However, it is difficult to get adequate amounts of vitamin D through diet alone without over indulging in calories.
- Due to insufficient exposure to sunlight, people who live farther from the equator have a greater risk of having insufficient vitamin D levels than those who live near it.
- Even weak sunscreens (SPF 8) can inhibit vitamin D production by up to 95%.
- The older you are, the more vitamin D you need. With age, your body becomes less efficient in converting vitamin D to a form it can use.
- People with darker skin are more susceptible to having insufficient vitamin D levels.