Happy Thursday! Hope you are well, I am looking forward to Friday, I am feeling overwhelmed this week and cannot wait for some relaxation.
In lieu of a dietary theory this week we are taking about a supplement that you should be taking.
Today we are talking about good old vitamin D.
We have been taught to fear sun and wear sunscreen when we are outdoors to block its harmful affects. But the truth is vitamin D is good for us (please don’t go out tanning now or stop wearing sunscreen).
Vitamin D helps prevent osteoperosis, depression, cancer, diabetes and obesity.
Vitamin D also helps with mood regulation and helps your sleep cycle. Ever since I have started taking vitamin D I have noticed myself feel genuinely happier. Especially when the temperatures start to get colder, I am definitely a victim of Seasonal Affective Disorder. I haven’t felt that yet and usually by now I have. But most importantly my sleep schedule is regular and wonderful! I sleep through the night and fall asleep relatively easily!
If you haven’t been to the doctor’s in a while I would suggest going, a new test they are doing is checking your vitamin D levels. The recommend taking at least 2,000 iu of vitamin D. I order my vitamin D off line from purematters.com.
Some facts about vitamin D:
1.) A person would have to drink 10 glasses of vitamin D fortified milk everyday to get the minimum level of vitamin D into their diet.
2.) Sufficient levels of vitamin D are crucial for calcium absorption in your intestines. Without sufficient vitamin D, your body cannot absorb calcium, making calcium supplements useless.
3.) If it hurts to press firmly on your sternum you may be suffering from chronic vitamin D deficiency right now.
4.) It is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from your diet; sunlight exposure and supplements help that/
5.) The father you live from the equator the longer exposure you need to sunlight to generate an adequate amount of vitamin D.
*take vitamins with fat containing meals otherwise your supplement is not absorbed by the body, defeating the purpose of taking the vitamin in the first place*
*always consult with your doctor before making changes to diet/supplements
Do you take a vitamin D supplement?
Will you start?
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