Because It Feels SO Good
Vitamin D is a necessary nutrient for human health that helps our digestive systems absorb calcium and phosphorus but Vitamin D for so many reasons is extremely important to our overall health and mental wellbeing.Taking vitamin D supplements help prevent sickness and reduced the chances you will get a respiratory infection. It may also decrease the risk of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, reduces blood pressure, reduces the risk of Cardiovascular Disease, affects Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and reduces the risk of Tuberculosis.
Also, when taken regularly Vitamin D can improve muscle strength, balance, and physical performance, increases bone density and most importantly it makes us feel great.
On The Hunt For Vitamin D
Vitamin D is often referred to as the sunshine vitamin because the sun is the best source of Vitamin D. It is not the only source though. Foods like tuna, salmon and mushrooms, dark fatty fish, dairy products, cereals and orange juice are rich in Vitamin D. When this slim list of food choices leaves you with a Vitamin D size whole in your diet it’s time to start a supplement.
Are You Getting Enough
People who are vitamin D deficient may not have any symptoms at all or symptoms are mild but generally signs of deficiency are fatigue, chronic lower back pain, pain in your bones and muscles, muscle weakness, sweating, issues with digestion, obesity, mood swings and lower than normal immunity to illness.
Don’t Be S.A.D This Winter
So we know Vitamin D is a part of our diet, we can take dietary supplements and our bodies create it when skin is exposed to sunlight, but how does this make us feel good and keep us healthy?
It’s all about boosting your cellular defenses. Vitamin D supports the immune system to create‘antimicrobial peptides’. These antibiotic-like substances are found in white blood cells and the lining of the lung and they are fierce killers of the bacteria and viruses that want to take us down.
Get it Daily
The Institute of Medicine has determined that the recommended dietary allowance for Vitamin D id 600 to 800 IUs a day. This need is figured for people who have minimal to no sun exposure. So these guidelines are what people would need during the winter in the US and Canada.
Currently there is little to no regulation of the dietary supplements market. This means you must be careful and look for signs of quality control testing. You need to look for evidence of some independent quality control testing. Look for something like NSF or ConsumerLab.com testing. Often this will be the USP seal but it doesn’t guarantee that the nutrient content is exactly what’s stated on the label. This is just evidence that it’s been tested for nutrient content and contamination.
This Is Serious!
Mega dosing on Vitamin D leads to toxicity!
Symptoms and signs of vitamin D intoxication are headaches, metallic taste, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, constipation, pancreatitis and kidney stones.
The effects include elevated blood calcium levels, nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal distress, bone loss, and even kidney failure. (Healthline.com)
Vitamin D has a narrow therapeutic range and should not be used in excess. We want to feel good so we can be the life of the party and enjoy life. Mega dosing on Vitamin D has the potential to end the party, forever, so please don’t do it.
What Goes Great With Vitamin D
Vitamin C of course. Citrus Fruits are delicious, in season during the winter months and full of Vitamin C. Read my post Let Them Eat Citrus for fun facts about some of your favorite citrus fruits.
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