We all know taking a daily dose of vitamins is important for your overall health, but did you know vitamin D can specifically protect you
from cancer, boost your immune system and improve your bone, muscle and brain health? Did you also know that vitamin D is not just a vitamin, but also a hormone? This is because it is involved in many metabolic processes in the
body, and every single cell in your body has a receptor for it.
Vitamin D – commonly known as the sunshine vitamin – really is a super vitamin and with a long, long list of benefits, it’s vital that you have optimal levels. Due to the recent winter months, many peoples vitamin D levels are depleted. Let’s look at how balancing your Vitamin D levels can improve your health in as little as two weeks.
It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine
HOW ARE YOUR LEVELS?
We hate to break it to you, but chances are that your vitamin D levels are low if you live in the Northern hemisphere. A recent European study by the National Diet and Nutrition Survey has shown that 90% of the general population in the United Kingdom have insufficient blood levels of vitamin D, and 5%-20% of the population is in a state of severe deficiency. You can also be deficient if you stay indoors or cover up.
WHERE DO WE GET IT?
Unsurprisingly, vitamin D owes its nickname – the sunshine vitamin – to the fact that we can only get sufficient amounts through the skin from the suns rays. Because of its cooler climate, Britain generally only gets enough
sunlight May and September to produce Vitamin D.
You don’t need to over-expose your skin to the sun to receive the right amounts of vitamin D. Depending on where you live, the time it takes for your skin to burn varies. You only need half of this time to absorb enough vitamin D to receive the benefits – just remember to be sun-smart. Vitamin D supplements are also a great way to boost your levels.
WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT HELP WITH?
With the long list of health benefits of vitamin D, it would probably be easier to list the things it doesn’t help with. However, here’s a few of the benefits of maintaining a high level of vitamin D.
- Immune booster
- Improves metabolism
- Cancer protection
- Reduces depression
- Bone, muscle, brain, and heart health
- Improves sleep quality
- Reduces blood pressure
- Reduces the risk of diabetes
FOOD SOURCES OF VITAMIN D