When I think of Vitamin D, my head immediately takes me to a beautiful summer day, lying out under the bright hot sun. I’m wearing a flowing bright sun dress with a styling pair of sunglasses and soaking up all the Vitamin D possible. Sunshine is definitely a fantastic way to naturally absorb this important Vitamin, however; once the cold winter sets in and the days get shorter and shorter, it is much harder for our skin to be exposed to the suns nourishing rays.
You always hear people say Vitamin D is so important but do you actually know why that is? Let me fill you in on all the D-tails.
What’s the big deal about Vitamin D?
Vitamin D plays an important role in the body to help absorb Calcium. The two work together to maintain strong bones and teeth. Without the right amount of Vitamin D, our bones become brittle, soft and thin which is also known as osteoporosis in adults and rickets in children.
Our muscles, nerves and immune system also depend on Vitamin D to help keep them working properly. Recently studies have started to show that Vitamin D may actually help reduce chances of acquiring certain diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and heart disease.
How can you get your daily dose?
With direct sunlight your body produces Vitamin D. Unfortunately this does not work through windows or if you’re wearing sunscreen because the sunlight must hit your skin directly.
Although there aren’t many foods that naturally contain Vitamin D, there are some foods fortified with it (this means the Vitamin has been added to the food).
Here are a few foods that can help you get some Vitamin D:
- Fatty Fish
- Egg Yolks
- Beef Liver
- Cod Liver Oil
- Milk (fortified)
- Yogurt (fortified)
- Orange Juice (fortified)
If you have a high risk of Vitamin D deficiency you may want to try Ultraviolet Lamps and Bulbs. These bulbs do have similar health concerns to tanning beds so you would want to limit your time to only a few minutes a day.
Many people take a Vitamin D supplement to insure they are getting the right amount each day, specifically during the winter months. I would suggest talking to your Naturopathic Practitioner to determine what brand to use.
What are the recommended amounts?
This recommended daily dose chart according to www.eatrightontario.ca will give you a guide line, however; the amounts are subject to change depending on each individuals needs. I would strongly suggest speaking to your Naturopath to determine the appropriate amount.
Now that you have the D-tails on Vitamin D, be sure to get your daily dose so you can stay healthy and strong all year round!