We all know that the body creates Vitamin D with sun exposure but with all the mainstream media coverage about skin cancer and wrinkles, are we getting enough?
In order to maintain adequate Vitamin D levels you need to have at least 10-15 minutes of sun exposure, twice per week on your face, arms, hands or back. This doesn’t seem like a lot however sunscreen hinders Vitamin 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 Vitamin 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
- Reduces inflammation
- Protects us against radiation damage
- Protects against cancer
- Maintains cardiovascular health
- Helps with mood / depression
DID YOU KNOW... Lower Vitamin D levels are commonly found in cancer patients and peolpe with asthma who use steriods.
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 Vitamin 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 Vitamin D at Optimum Naturals.
This is a guest post from Preferred Nutrition.