What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in a few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. It is also produced when ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis.
Vitamin D is essential, and you need it, but the issue of getting into your system. This is because the major natural source of Vitamin D is via the sun’s rays. UVB radiation is how we get the bulk of our Vitamin D from sunlight. So, when the winter gets here and we find ourselves not only being outside less and less, we can be lacking the right amounts of Vitamin D.
Why is Vitamin D important?
Vitamin D plays a number of roles in your body’s system and a lack of it will heighten the risk of certain unwanted conditions or symptoms flaring up. Having the optimal levels of Vitamin D in your body can help you in a few (very) important ways.
The link between calcium and Vitamin D helps strengthen your bones and prevent softening and other unwanted and potentially very problematic issues.
Perhaps the most important role Vitamin D can play over the course of the dark and bleak winter months is helping you boost your immune system and avoid nasty colds and flus.
Having plenty Vitamin D in your system can help you fight the bacteria and viruses that lead to such grim illnesses, which often seem to rear their ugly head in the winter months.
There’s also research to suggest that Vitamin D in good levels can help lower the risk of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
It’s also really important for young children to get enough Vitamin D. Low Vitamin D levels have been associated with conditions such as asthma and eczema.
Vitamin D is linked to serotonin. Serotonin is referred to as the “happiness hormone” for a reason. An optimal level of serotonin is of significant importance for the brain and mood.
What can happen if you lack Vitamin D?
So if you regularly find yourself having a touch of the sniffles or feeling under the weather, or perhaps more serious medical conditions, this could be due to a Vitamin D deficiency.
How can I get more Vitamin D?
While the winter months do limit the amount of sunshine, we can expose ourselves to, not every day in the winter is grim and horrible. So when you do get a beautiful sunny winter’s day, make the most of it! Get out and take a walk or do some exercise and embrace the sun.
There are some foods that provide Vitamin D, such as fatty fish like tuna and mackerel. You can also get Vitamin D from foods including cheese and beef liver, as well as eggs.
One of the best ways to ensure that you get the right amount of Vitamin D (during period when the sun is scarce) is by taking supplements. That way you can help boost your immune system, feel better within yourself, and enjoy the benefits of Vitamin D.
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