Like vitamin C, vitamin D which is also known as the sunshine vitamin is also considered one of the MVP vitamins for your body. Why? It’s because almost everything your body does depends on it – it aids in insulin production, regulates the body’s absorption of calcium and phosphorous and boosts healthy immune system function (just to name a few). If you are deficient in Vitamin D, high chance is that all the body processes I have mentioned will not function properly and will result to your body not working at its best.
Why you need more of Vitamin D
Getting more Vitamin D has several essential benefits to our body. Some of these are:
1. Regulation of nerve system development and function:
Clinical studies in 2011 suggest that vitamin D acts as a neuroprotectant which is responsible for normal brain functioning; wherein regular intake of the vitamin promotes the growth and survival of neurons. On the other hand, vitamin D deficiency may lead to an increased risk of serious neurological disorders particularly Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Schizophrenia Epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis. To help prevent these diseases, it is very crucial to take the right amount of D during pregnancy and the neonatal period.
2. Improves resistance against certain diseases:
In addition to its primary benefits such as reducing your risk of nervous system diseases, findings in 2008 and 2010 says that it also decreases your chance of developing heart diseases and your likelihood of developing the flu. (2008 findings published in Circulation and 2010 research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition).
3. Normal Development and Growth of Bones and Teeth:
One of the important roles of D is regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous. It helps prevent bone abnormalities such as osteomalacia (soft bones) or osteoporosis (fragile bones). When you get a sufficient amount of the vitamin, your bones and teeth will definitely get stronger and healthier.
Do not be D-ficient!
As the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is naturally produced by the body through direct exposure to sunlight. Actually, about 10 to 15 minutes a day of mid-day sun exposure is plenty enough especially if you’re fair-skinned!
However, due to many lifestyle and environmental factors, it is kind of difficult to always get the right amount of Vitamin D that we need from the sun. These factors include spending more time indoors, working longer hours in the office and using products that have super high SPF when going out. Because of these, we have become more prone to Vitamin D deficiency. A good way to avoid this is to get some of your vitamin D from sources aside from sunlight.
How to get more Vitamin D
There are other ways to get your D up without baking yourself in the sun.
From Certain Foods:
You can get it naturally through certain foods including fatty fishes/ seafood like salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines and shrimps. They are also present in egg yolks and also come fortified in some yogurt, cheese and orange juices brands.
From trusted Nutritional Supplements:
As you can see, the food list for Vitamin D is quite limited, so most people need to take vitamin D supplements to get enough of the nutrient needed for bone health. They are the easiest, cheapest, and safest way to make sure you have all the Vitamin D that you need. It is important to remember though that when you are buying supplements, make sure that the label reads “Vitamin D3.” D3 (also known as cholecalciferol) is the same type of vitamin that the skin makes when you expose all of your body to sunlight.
The Good News
You don’t need to find any other store as we sell 100% organic Vitamin D3 supplements!
Here at North Shore Chiropractic, we use and sell high quality, organic nutritional supplements in our office. They are proven safe and effective, as they provide raw nutrition that captures all the vibrant energy and goodness of nature. Our chiropractic doctors use it too!