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Vitamin D is an essential pro-hormone for our body. It is not made organically in the body so it’s extremely important that we are obtaining it through our diet or sunlight! Vitamin D can be synthesized in the body when the skin is exposed to Sunlight! It is estimated that sensible sun exposure on bare skin for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times per week allows most people to produce sufficient vitamin D, but vitamin D breaks down quite quickly, meaning that stores can run low, especially in winter. This makes it extremely important that we are making a conscious effort to get Vitamin D during the Winter!

Check out some benefits of Vitamin D below, and ways to get more! Benefits of Vitamin D:

1. Helps Maintain the Health of Bones & Teeth

2. Supports the Health of the Immune, Brain and Nervous System

3. Helps regulate insulin levels and aid diabetes management

4. Supports lung function and cardiovascular health

5. It can influence the expression of genes involved in cancer development (in a good way!)

Sources of Vitamin D:

1. Sunlight (the most common and effcient source!)

2. Fish Oil & Fatty Fish

3. Salmon

4. Fortified Skim Milk

5. Chicken Eggs

Get your Vitamin D this Winter! If you would like more guidance on Vitamin D, or a Nutrition Plan, we would love to help! Schedule a Nutrition Consultation today!

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