We are smack in the middle of winter for most of us, not getting that all-important sunlight, or more importantly, vitamin D. If you have the blahs and lack energy, it could very likely be the culprit.
Vitamin D plays a dual role in both a vitamin and a hormone and is obtained from the diet or from sunlight. Sunlight is the best way for us to obtain vitamin D and it takes only about 20 minutes per day to get what our body needs. When sunlight hits our skin, a few biological processes occur and the liver creates active vitamin D.
Most people don’t realize how important vitamin D is for maintaining our health. Almost all of us have suffered from vitamin D deficiency but may not have known it at the time. Symptoms often manifest as poor energy, insomnia, compromised immune system, and mood imbalance.
Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and it is essential for teeth and bone formation. Rich food sources include fish oils, eggs, and liver. Cod liver or halibut oil is a great way to supplement your vitamin D during the winter months in the rainy and grey weather areas.
There are two forms of vitamin D in foods. Ergocalciferol (vitamim D2) is found in plant sources, whereas cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) is found in animal foods and it is the form of vitamin D made by the body. Both forms can be found in supplements.
Getting enough vitamin D is a bit tricky and should be done with a qualified health practitioner and reoccurring blood testing to monitor your levels. Get it right and the science tells us that it can reduce the risk of breast cancer and MS, it supports verbal communication, and deficiency is linked to autism and premature death. Sounds like some great reasons to get outside and get your 20 minutes of sun everyday!
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