Don’t Forget Your Vitamin D

Summertime is on its way out and fall is right around the corner and with warmer weather coming to an end it is important to stay on top of Vitamin D levels!

The sun helps humans synthesize Vitamin D, which is a vital hormone needed for optimal well-being.

So, what are the benefits of vitamin D?

Vitamin D is important for healthy immune function, mood, and overall general health.

It’s fat-soluble, meaning that the body stores the vitamin in adipose tissue/body fat and the liver. Vitamin D is available as two types: Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3.

According to an article from the National Library of Medicine, nearly 50% of the world is deficient in Vitamin D!

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The most common source of Vitamin D is via sunlight, but it is available in food sources. Vitamin D2 is available in mushrooms and most fortified foods (ex: breakfast cereal). Vitamin D3 is available through egg yolks, salmon, and beef liver.

Of course, Vitamin D is available in supplement form through powders and tablets.

People at risk for deficiency are those who are obese, stay indoors during the day, and have darker skin tones.

If people are not getting their required Vitamin D dosage through foods, some may choose to use a vitamin D supplement.

When using supplements there can be a risk of ingesting too much, since Vitamin D is stored in the body. Vitamin D toxicity is rare, but if a person is taking high doses of the vitamin in supplement form, toxicity CAN occur.

Signs of Vitamin D toxicity are nausea, vomiting, headache, and high levels of calcium in the blood.

Always check with your primary care physician before adding a new supplement to your daily health regimen.

Also, try to get out in the sunlight to increase your Vitamin D levels naturally!

-Heather Em of Nourishment Corner

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Source(s): Forrest KY, Stuhldreher WL. Prevalence and correlates of vitamin D deficiency in US adults. Nutr Res. 2011;31(1):48-54. doi:10.1016/j.nutres.2010.12.001