Vitamin D and its Importance
Hello sunshine! Let’s talk about vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin. New research shows that vitamin D plays a role in the prevention of chronic diseases. These include cancer, heart disease, depression, autoimmune disease, and type 2 diabetes. According to the latest research, over half the population could be deficient in this important Vitamin.
Vitamin D and its Importance: Sources of Vitamin D
The sun is a great source of vitamin D, but unfortunately with our modern society many of us do not get adequate exposure. We also have to worry about the damage that the sun may cause. Skin cancer is scary and when we protect ourselves from the sun with sunscreen, we are also blocking our vitamin D exposure. Additionally, many individuals may find that they have genetic mutations that prevent proper synthesis of vitamin D. This may make them continue to test low in vitamin D despite sun exposure.
Vitamin D and its Importance: How to Test Levels
Vitamin D is fat soluble, meaning it can be toxic if taken in excess in supplemental form. It is important to have your doctor check your levels to make sure you are within the desired range. The best lab test is a 25 d hydroxyvitamin d blood test. You can get this through your regular doctor or if you prefer, you can order this without a doctor. Check out quest diagnostics for more information. There are also tests that can be done with a finger prick and sent off without having to go to a lab, if you are interested in this click here.
Vitamin D and its Importance: Supplementation options
I choose safe sun exposure, limiting the amount of time I am outside and avoiding mid day sun, as it is the strongest. I also supplement with vitamin D3 and added K2 as these two vitamins work synergistically for better absorption. I am linking a few of my favorite supplements below. After supplementing be sure to continue to check your levels, especially during the winter as they can drastically change. As always please be sure to contact your doctor before taking this or any medication.
I love that this is an oil which is great for those who want to avoid taking a pill. One drop is 303% of your daily value. This is great for those who may only need around 1000 IU, or need more on the days where they are not exposed to sun and less on the others.
Check out my previous post on Magnesium and how to get more of it.
Whats up Wingo:
I hope you all have had a great week so far. Stay tuned for Friday’s Foodie Friday post as I have a recipe that you wont want to miss. Keep the conversation going let me know how you all are doing and what you have been up to this week.