Vitamin D - Benefits, Foods & Supplements
Let's discuss Vitamin D!
The very first thing you need to know about Vitamin D is that it is a hormone in our body and not so much a vitamin. Our body gets 90% of the vitamin D from exposure to the sun and 10% from vitamin D rich foods such as fatty fish, beef liver, mushrooms and foods that are fortified in vitamin D, then it converts it into a hormone called activated Vitamin D or calcitriol.
Vitamin D helps with better calcium absorption from our bones to keep them healthy, it helps us fight infection by keeping our immune system strong, it has anti-cancer effects, helps us with the seasonal depression and keeps our brain healthy. So, the deficiency of vitamin D can have the opposite effects. We are more prone to illness, seasonal depression, brain related diseases and bone related issues.
It is recommended to get at least 10 minutes of sunlight per day. If you are in a position to get more, that is great because the additional exposure can be stored as a backup. You probably have noticed that when you get extra sun exposure one summer, then you stay healthier during that year’s winter.
Foods that are great to get the necessary vitamin D are salmon, beef liver, caviar, mushrooms, eggs, raw milk, sardines, tuna, mackerel and cod liver.
You can also get vitamin D from supplements if you suspect that you may be lacking it, just make sure that you get a multi vitamin D supplement which also includes vitamin D3 which is the vitamin that we get from sunshine.
I hope this article serves you,