Doctors are recommending it. Health podcasters are promoting it. Even your mom is nagging you about it.
Vitamin D’s acclaim only continues to grow. But so does the confusion around how best to get it, who should (and shouldn’t) supplement with it, and how much you actually need.
This science-based article will help you get crystal clear on all things Vitamin D:
Hundreds of research studies suggest that vitamin D can help prevent everything from osteoporosis to autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
For years, vitamin D has been touted as an immune booster.
As a result, it’s become a popular “just in case” supplement during flu seasons, and even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But remember how we said that supplementing with vitamin D won’t likely benefit you if you aren’t deficient?
That applies to immune function too.
Taking extra vitamin D when your levels are normal won’t give you “super immunity.”
What does vitamin D do?
Recent research suggests that nearly every cell of our body has receptors for vitamin D. Not surprisingly, it has wide-ranging effects in the body.
Vitamin D helps support your:
- Immune system
- Cell function
- Blood sugar regulation
- Bone health
- Calcium absorption and circulation
- Normal blood pressure
How do you get vitamin D?
The best vitamin D source, ever: The sun
Many people can meet their vitamin D requirements through sunshine alone. And as far as “natural sources of vitamin D” goes, sunlight is a tippy top choice.
A good general guideline: Get about 10-20 minutes a day of midday sun, with face, arms, hands, and legs uncovered (and no sunscreen).
The amount of vitamin D you get (and absorb) from the sun depends on a bunch of things, like geographic location, skin tone, clothing style, sunscreen use, age, and overall health.
So, depending on who you are, and where you are, you may need more sun than the above recommendation.
Reference article: Signs Of Vitamin D Deficiency
The best vitamin D food sources:
Most people low in vitamin D won’t “feel” it:
While some might get colds or flus a bit more often, many people don’t have any symptoms at all. Even if something is essential to our health like vitamins, minerals, water, and, oh, let’s say, a good stash of toilet paper more isn’t always better.
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