Vitamin D is known as the “Sunshine Vitamin” because we’re able to manufacture it in our bodies after being exposed to sunshine. Ten to fifteen minutes of sunshine three times a week is enough to produce the body’s requirement of Vitamin D. As it is, the average American does not receive adequate daily doses of Vitamin D, and the cold, overcast, winter months often make this even harder. There are many health benefits to Vitamin D. It promotes the body’s absorption of calcium, which is essential for the normal development and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones. Calcium is also important to nerve cells, including the brain. Vitamin D has both vitamin and hormone-like properties; it has documented involvement in osteoporosis and bone health, congestive heart failure, hypertension, several types of cancer, emotional wellbeing, autoimmune issues and Metabolic Syndrome. That's a substantial list for a vitamin that's received so little attention for decades. But now with so much information available, we can truly appreciate what Vitamin D has to offer. Because of Vitamin D's many beneficial health properties, it's important to supplement our body’s natural production of the vitamin with a diet rich in Vitamin D. Vitamin D can be found in the following foods:
- Dairy products including cheese, butter, cream, and fortified milk (preferably organic)
- Fortified cereals
The best way to get the daily requirements of essential vitamins is to eat a balanced diet that contains a variety of whole organic foods, get outside in the sun as often as possible, and take hypo-allergenic supplements prescribed by a holistic practitioner. To Your Health and Happiness.
AUTHOR: Bex Urban