Our body makes Vitamin D by itself but only after sufficient sun exposure. This is a problem for many people. Even living here in a sunny country, there are still many of us vitamin D deficient. The main reason for that is because we don’t expose ourselves to sunlight much at all. We all use 3 S’S which are slip, slop, slap, using sunscreen, spending more time indoors, having darker skin (the darker the skin the higher the levels of melanin, and the less vitamin D the skin can absorb.)
Vitamin D has many important functions in our body. If our body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, we’re at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as soft bones in children (rickets) soft bones in adults (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (osteoporosis).
Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is crucial for:
- Prevents bone fractures vitamin D helps our body to absorb calcium.
- Reduces the risk of cancer, especially colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer
- Protects against heart disease, including high blood pressure and heart failure. It increases levels of nitric oxide (NO) in our bodies - linked to a dilation of blood vessels, less risk of strokes and heart attacks.
- Improves your mood- and it increases serotonin levels. Serotonin is the 'feel good' hormone. It assists with depression and encourages melatonin production which helps us to have a deeper sleep.
- Vitamin D has also been shown to reduce gut inflammation and gut bacterial composition is known to play a role in asthma as well. Vitamin D, acts like a hormone, and it has anti-inflammatory properties which help with reducing inflammation in the airways.
Here is a list of just some of the foods that contain vitamin D:
- Almond milk
- Egg yolk
It can be hard to get enough vitamin D each day through sun exposure and food alone, so taking a vitamin D supplement can help. We at Pure Naturopathy will take care your health.
Do you know what your vitamin levels are?