There are so many options for vitamin supplements nowadays, but isn’t it hard to decide what you need and are supplements necessary when you have a healthy and balanced diet? I have had my blood checked a couple of months ago and there was no vitamin deficiency whatsoever and since I see people around me taking that multivitamin as if they were candy, I still feel that most nutrients can be taken from your food, and so a multivitamin seems a bit redundant for me.
However, I hate and have difficulties coping with these gloomy grey days, with minimal sun and therefore a minimum of time spend outside. Since a lack of Vitamin D can cause fatigue and in more severe cases depression, I decided to take this vitamin the next few months to discover if it would actually help me lift my mood and reduce my feelings of fatigue during winter. In my research for the best dosage, I came across some facts and so below we have a couple of facts and an online test I did, for you to try and see if taking Vitamin D3 could benefit your body too!
- Vitamin D is a fat soluble substance that is vital for the proper absorption of both calcium and phosphorous. It’s technically not a vitamin, since it can be manufactured by the body, and can actually be defined as a pro-hormone
- Your body produces vitamin D when your skin is exposed to the sun. It is said that most people only need 15 minutes of sun three times a week to produce a sufficient amount. However, people that live further from the equator and/or in less sunny areas, or when you use sunscreen, the ability to make the vitamin is reduced, although it’s always advised to apply sunscreen!
- Luckily, Vitamin D is also found in certain types foods. The best sources are fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, and mushrooms! Fortified milk and orange juice contain Vitamin D as well, however the amount of this vitamin taken from food is not enough to facilitate the amount your body needs
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium from the food you eat, which enhances bone growth and health. A lack of this vitamin can cause bones to get brittle. Therefore, elderly people should take extra vitamin D to limit the chance of osteoporosis
- The ability to lose some weight is also something that relates to your Vitamin D levels. Get your levels of calcium and vitamin D right and you will be able to lose more weight and be more successful in keeping it off
In the following links you will find an online Vitamin D test. If you are still not sure of have any questions, we would recommend asking your GP for more information!