Vitamin D in the form of Vitamin D3 is responsible for the regulation of over 2,000 genes in your body! Every cell and tissue needs Vitamin D for its well-being. Research suggests that 85% of us are deficient in Vitamin D and we don’t even know it.
Vitamin D is important for heart health, skin health, pancreatic health, slower aging, sleep patterns, hearing, athletic performance, eye health, vascular health, respiratory health, immune health, mood and feelings of well-being, weight management, hair follicles, bone health, muscle health and proper digestion. It is one of those vitamins that do so much.
You get Vitamin D naturally with sunshine. The Ultraviolet rays in sunlight convert chemicals in your body into Vitamin D. It is natural and self regulating. However, in today’s society getting enough sun can be a problem. For those of us that live in Wisconsin during the winter, it can be quite difficult. Even in summer months, we are concerned with the risk of skin cancer due to too much exposure to the sun. But did you know that Vitamin D inhibits several forms of skin cancer? Moderation is the key, just try to get some everyday and get as much of your skin exposed to the sun as you can. You would be surprised at what 15 minutes of sun exposure a day can do for you.
Supplements are a great source of Vitamin D. I use drops, where one drop is 2000 International Units (IU’s). You can find Vitamin D in all kinds of supplement forms: drops, capsules, tablets, soft gels or liquid. There is a wide discussion on what the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin D should be. The United States Vitamin D council recommends 5000 IU/daily.
There are simple blood tests you can take to measure Vitamin D levels. If you have symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency your medical doctor may order the test. Many natural alternative providers can offer the test in their office for a reasonable cost.
Vitamin D is important for good overall health. Consider adding a Vitamin D supplement to your daily routine. It is like adding some sunshine to your life!Share