HEALTH & LIFESTYLE + NUTRITIOUS FOODS
Let’s Talk! – About Vitamin ‘D’
23 May 2021
Let’s take a moment to get to known vitamin D. I have always loved taking this vitamin because of the multiple health benefits. I know that my bones will be stronger as I love running. My heart will beat stronger. My thyroid will produce the necessary hormones I need to keep me balanced, and my immune system will be strong enough to keep me safer from the adverse effects of viruses.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for most bodily processes. Our bodies naturally synthesize vitamin D through exposure to sunlight or dietary sources, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, and whole foods like mushrooms, eggs, and dairy products.
How about a supplement?
Did you know that vitamin D insufficiency is prevalent around the world? Most people are sedentary and are not getting enough sun exposure and a vitamin D sufficient diet. With restrictions lifting, it’s time to get outside and feel the sun again!
Benefits of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for strong bones and healthy skin.
We need vitamin D to increase calcium absorption from the intestines. The body needs vitamin D because a lack of vitamin D would cause the body to absorb less calcium. The body needs vitamin D; when there is enough, the body absorbs more dietary calcium.
The brain is affected by vitamin absorption. Lower levels of vitamin D can negatively impact neural activity in the brain. Serotonin, the happy hormone, is linked to Vitamin D. The research shows low serotonin levels are prevalent in people with depression. This suggests the symptoms of depression may be improved with the intake of vitamin D.
The heart needs vitamin D to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular conditions and reduce high blood pressure. The research shows a link between increased risk of cardiovascular conditions and diminished vitamin D.
Vitamin D is needed to improve immune responses as immune system cells use it as fuel.