Sunny-D – Why is Vit D so important?

We all know that the body creates Vit D with sun exposure but with all the hype about skin cancer and wrinkles, are we getting enough?

In order to maintain adequate D levels you need to have at least 10-15 minutes of sun exposure, twice per week on your face, arms, hands or back. Doesn’t seem like a lot however sunscreen hinders Vit D production.  Also if you are dark skinned, it is said that you need 20-30 times more exposure than those with fairer skin.

So if we’re not getting enough sun, how else do we get the sunshine vitamin?

Surprisingly, vitamin D isn’t readily found in our diet.  Commonly found in fortified foods where it is added , the only food sources include some fish, beef liver, cheese and egg yolks.  This is why most people who are concerned about their levels of D turn to supplementation.

 So what does Vitamin D do anyway……?

  • Aids in the maintenance of healthy bones
  • Regulates the Immune System
  • May protect against diabetes
  • Lowers the risk of MS
  • Increases brain function as we age
  • Aids in maintaining healthy body weight
  • Helps severity of asthma symptoms
  • Protects us against radiation damage
  • Protects against Cancer
  • Maintains Cardiovascular Health
  • Helps with mood/depression

DID YOU KNOW……. Lower D levels are commonly found in Cancer patients

With such a wide scope of health benefits I think it is safe to say that we all need to make sure we have enough Vit D.  Especially in the darker days of winter, Vitamin D supplementation is very important. 

Although opinion may vary by doctor or naturopath the recommended daily dose of Vit D is 600IU – 4,000 IU for adults. I take 4,000 IU’s in the winter and drop it down to 2,000 in the summer.  When in doubt consult your Doctor or naturopath.

 You can purchase Vit D at your local health food store.

- Heidi

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