Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?
One vitamin that’s getting a lot of attention right now that you might want to sit up and think about using yourself is Vitamin D.
Vitamin D, also sometimes referred to as the ‘sunshine’ vitamin is one that your body does not produce naturally.
Instead, you must take it in through food sources, supplementation, or direct sunlight. If you stand outside when the sun is out without sun protection on, your body will begin to manufacture it naturally.
First, standing outside without sun protection on is not recommended as it’ll increase your risk for sun cancer.
Besides that, depending on where you live in the world, you may not be able to get enough direct sunlight. Especially considering most people work indoors at peak sunlight periods during the day.
Furthermore, meeting your needs through food is challenging as very few foods in the human diet contain high levels of Vitamin D.
So, supplementation becomes the most viable option. But, what will this vitamin do for you?
Let’s take a closer look.
First, Vitamin D plays a key role in maintaining the strength of your bones and joints. Those who are low in Vitamin D are at a higher risk of developing osteomalacia as well as osteoporosis.
Vitamin D works in conjunction with calcium to form the solid bone matrix that supports your body.
Vitamin D may also be important in fending off muscle fatigue as well.
Those who report feeling constantly weak and not having much muscle power often see dramatic improvements after they start supplementing with Vitamin D.
In addition to that, those who have chronic pain may also want to increase their Vitamin D dosage. It appears that there may be a link between pain in the muscle tissues and Vitamin D levels.
It Controls Hunger
Next, Vitamin D may also help you better control your hunger level, taking in less food over the course of the day.
Those who are lower in Vitamin D status tend to experience higher BMI levels compared to those who are meeting their needs.
This is one reason why you may want to eat more during the winter months. You’re getting less sunlight, so your Vitamin D status begins to drop.
It Boosts Your Mood
Feeling down? Vitamin D can help here as well. Vitamin D can help promote the release of serotonin in the body, which then exerts a feel good effect on your system.
Having serotonin flowing through your veins will improve your outlook, boost your mental resiliency, and can also improve motivation as well.
Serotonin is a very powerful neurotransmitter and is also responsible for the feel-good effect you get when eating carbohydrate rich foods.
So think of Vitamin D as a way to get that same feeling, only without the calories.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Finally, Vitamin D may also help to improve your blood pressure levels as well. For those currently experiencing high blood pressure, it may just do the trick to bring your levels back down to a healthier range.
Of course a proper diet and exercise program should also be done to accompany this, but supplement definitely doesn’t hurt.
So there you have a few of the key reasons to consider taking Vitamin D. Most people will see excellent results taking between 2000 and 3000 IU’s per day, however you can go slightly higher if you wish, up to 4000-5000 if you are engaging in regular physical activity and/or are specifically trying to treat a condition.