Vitamin D - the ‘Sunshine’ Vitamin. It’s something that I’d hazard a guess almost everyone has heard of at some point in their lives, and it’s notoriety is not without cause. In recent years, theres has been a significant amount of research which has shown that Vitamin D is more important to our overall health than we had previously thought.
Further to this, there are a growing number of people, around the world, displaying signs and symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency (>50% of the population!), which is why I ask you, “Are you getting enough Vitamin D?”
In fact, Vitamin D is now being defined as a ‘pro-hormone’, rather than a Vitamin, for the effect that it has on homeostasis and hormonal balance within the body: that’s how important it is. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin which is synthesised within the body when our skin is exposed to sunlight, with only a very, very small amount being obtained from diet alone. The benefits of Vitamin D are extensive and varied, but here are some of the key ones:
Improves the immune system
Improves bone health (by supporting the absorption of calcium)
Can reduce depressive symptoms
Potentially improves strength
Potentially improves fat loss
Now, these aren’t 100% cause and effect, but many studies have shown how Vitamin D can help and assist in each of these areas.
Further to this, Vitamin D deficiency has been associated (not causal link) with the development of the following:
Irritable Bowel Disorder
Considering the potential benefits of Vitamin D, and the potential downside of being deficient, we strongly recommend asking your Doctor to carry out a blood test to check your Vitamin D levels, next time you go for a check up. Then, if you are found to be deficient, you can supplement accordingly!
The great thing about supplementing with Vitamin D is that it doesn’t matter if you forget to take it one or two (or more) days in a row - you can simply take a larger dose to ‘catch up’ when you do remember.
The bottom line is, unless you have a diet freakily high in cod liver oil, or spend the majority of your year in a sunny country (good for you, by the way), it is quite likely that you will be Vitamin D deficient at some point of your life. Considering how low-maintenance it is to supplement, and the potential benefits you could get, surely it’s worth getting a blood test to see where you stand, no?
If you have any questions regarding Vitamin D (supplementation or otherwise), go ahead and send us a message at the email address below!