Happy New Year my lovelies! I'm excited for a kick-ass fresh start and many new adventures in 2017.
I've let my blogging go down the drain but am happy to get back to that too. So let's start with...
The Magic of Vitamin D
In the early 20th century Vitamin D was on of the 13 vitamins discovered by doctors studying nutritional deficiency disease, although it is techinically not a vitamin.
The first thing that comes to mind when you think about Vitamin D is SUNSHINE. :)
Vitamin D is found in 2 forms. Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol) is made by plants. You can find it in foods that have been fortified, such as juices, milk, or cereals (not really the best source). However, Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol), the most complete form of Vitamin D, is made when the skin is exposed to sun.
We’ve been somewhat “brain-washed” by the media to think that all sun exposure is bad. This is NOT TRUE! Getting 15 minutes of direct sunlight on unprotected skin can get in your daily dose. Nature is your best bet for Vitamin D. Including foods in your diet that contain vitamin D, like any oily fish (wild salmon is good), cod liver oil, milk, eggs, fresh fruits, and vegetables will also help. Unfortunately, most of us cannot get enough Vitamin D through food sources or sun exposure.
Doctors recommend taking a suppliment by mouth.
It is estimated that up to 2/3 of the population is Vitamin D deficient and needs to take a Vitamin D3 supplement. Keep in mind that it is a fat-soluble vitamin and should be taken with a meal for the best absorption possible. Check with your doctor about the right dosage for you.
So what are some of the benefits?
As you can see, Vitamin D is absolutely necessary for good health & the list of benefits just keeps on GROWING.
How do I know if I am getting enough?
Have a blood test called 25(OH). It is the ONLY blood test out there that measures the amount of Vitamin D to determine if you are getting enough or not. This test is especially important if you have family history of cancer or autoimmune disease.
Take good care of this beautiful body you have and it will take good care of you!
Talk soon -
Danielle Anderson is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, who's passion is brain and body wellness. Certified in Mindfulness and Integrative Mental Health. NAMI teacher, QPR Instructor, mom of 2, Zumba instructor, lover of cats, the ocean and books!