Supplement Series: Vitamin D
You've probably heard a LOT about how important vitamin D is... it's been a prevalent topic when it comes to supplements these days.
Curious about the D? (ha)
Let's talk about it.
Vitamin D is a dietary diva that's involved in:
Immune System Function
Regulating Sugar Tolerance
Regulating Blood Pressure
Maintaining blood calcium levels
Where Can You Find It?
Fortified Dairy products
If you're vitamin D deficient you can also suffer from low bone density or tooth decay. No, thanks.
Are you living north of the line that connects Philadelphia to San Francisco? Chances are you're not getting enough vitamin D!
The NIH states the recommended dietary allowance is 600 IUs for adults.
It's BEST to get your vitamin D from the sun because you can't overdose on this kind - your body knows when enough is enough.
Research suggests that 5 - 30 minutes of sun exposure between 10am and 3pm, 2 days per week SHOULD be sufficient to meet your needs. But if you can't do this it might be worth looking at taking a supplement.
Your physician can run an easy blood test to determine if your levels might be low. And, since you CAN build up toxic levels of vitamin D in the body (while unlikely) it's always a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider before popping some pills.
If you're looking for a good supplement I'd recommend reputable brands with as little "fillers" as possible that use a healthy oil like coconut or olive oil. I like viva naturals vitamin D which can be found on amazon.
Have a question about vitamin D? Are you struggling to really invest and care for your health long term?
I can help you with that. The first step is to shoot me an email and see if we're a good fit to work together.
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