The Benefits of Vitamin D

When I was a teenager I was obsessed with the sun in the most unhealthy way. I’m talking slathering up baby oil and baking in the sun all day, then jumping in a tanning bed before bed. The only thing I think of reflecting back on this is…where the heck were my parents? My only focus was on achieving the darkest tan I could possibly get. I not only was getting tan, I was absolutely ruining my skin.

Don’t get me wrong the sun is great for you. When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it manufactures vitamin D. The sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays interact with a protein called 7-DHC in the skin, converting it into vitamin D3, the active form of vitamin D. Vitamin D is a nutrient your body needs for building and maintaining healthy bones. It also regulates many other cellular functions in your body. Its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and neuroprotective properties support immune health, muscle function and brain cell activity.

More amazing Vitamin D benefits:

  • It strengthens the immune system.
  • It might prevent certain types of cancer.
  • It can aid in weight loss.
  • It can lower the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • It lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • It can help lower blood pressure.
  • It might reduce the risk of heart.

As an adult I appreciate the sun for what it gives, light, heat and energy but I make sure to soak in it responsibly and not selfishly try to suck up all of its rays for myself, leaving none for anyone else.

If you feel you may have a vitamin D deficiency symptoms may include the following:

  • 1. Fatigue
  • 2. Not sleeping well
  • 3. Bone pain or achiness
  • 4. Depression or feelings of sadness
  • 5. Hair loss
  • 6. Muscle weakness
  • 7. Loss of appetite
  • 8. Getting sick more easily
  • 9. Pale skin

If you don’t enjoy being in the sun, don’t worry. You can also get your fill of vitamin D with this:

– [ ] Cod liver oil.
– [ ] Salmon.
– [ ] Swordfish.
– [ ] Tuna fish.
– [ ] Orange juice fortified with vitamin D.
– [ ] Dairy and plant milks fortified with vitamin D.
– [ ] Sardines.
– [ ] Beef liver.

Although if I’m being honest it will be a cold day in hell before I put a sardine in my mouth!

Now THAT’S food for thought!

Healthy Eats,

xo Kasi