Vitamin D Benefits
As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to add a little sunshine to your day by soaking up some vitamin D.
Vitamin D is often referred to as the sunshine vitamin as sun exposure is the primary source of vitamin D. When you are exposed to the sun, your body makes vitamin D helping to give your body many vital benefits including:
Improved Sleep: Vitamin D plays an important role when it comes to relaxation and sleep. Sunlight helps the body produce vitamin D and vitamin D helps to produce melatonin, which is the hormone that supports sleep.
Strengthened Immune System: Vitamin D helps the immune system fight off bacteria and viruses, by suppressing inflammation and acting as an immune system modulator. Studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased susceptibility to infection, so it’s important to get adequate levels of vitamin D daily for increase immunity, especially during cold and flu season.
Reduced Stress/ Increased Mood: Vitamin D helps to regulate the production of cortisol and improving stress response. Vitamin D helps regulate mood, improve cognitive function, and helps to reduce the risk of depression and anxiety.
Strong Bones: Vitamin D helps increase calcium absorption which is necessary for healthy bone mineralization. Adequate calcium levels can help prevent osteoporosis, support blood circulation, and balance hormones.
On those days where you aren’t getting enough vitamin D from the sun, you can supplement to make sure you’re getting your daily dose of sunshine. The RDA for vitamin D is about 1000IU. However, this depends on the individual’s personal needs.