Vitamin D is one of those vitamins that doesn’t get much notice. Too often we hear about the benefits of other vitamins such as vitamin C which keeps the flu at bay… or vitamin B which helps with digestion and eyesight.
Vitamin D is relegated to something that you can easily get just by walking about in the sun. While that is true to a certain extent, the truth is that vitamin D deserves a lot more respect than it’s currently getting.
Millions of people around the world feel lethargic, depressed and just have no mood for anything. It’s like they’re stuck in some loop of fatigue and sadness.
What many of them fail to realize is that they might be suffering from a vitamin D deficiency.
* It improves your mood
This vitamin is crucial for preventing depression. This is why you feel so much better when you spend a day under the sun at the beach. You got your daily dose of vitamin D.
* Other health benefits
Besides just making you feel better, vitamin D prevents inflammation, osteoporosis, psoriasis, infections, diabetes, cancer, dementia, rheumatism, multiple sclerosis and much more.
It helps with weight loss too. Imagine that! This vitamin should definitely not be an afterthought.
* How are you getting your vitamin D?
While vitamin D is also called the “sunshine vitamin”, in some cases, it may not be that easy to get it. People who live in the northern latitudes will not get enough sunlight during the winter season to produce sufficient vitamin D.
In situations like these, it’s best to consume a vitamin D supplement which you can easily purchase from a health store.
If you don’t wish to consume a supplement, you could try eating foods like eggs, cheese, fatty fish (tuna, mackerel, salmon) and mushrooms.
If you live in a country where you have no problems getting sunlight, that’s excellent – but you shouldn’t overdo it. You do NOT need to spend hours in the sun. That will only cause wrinkles and sunburn depending on the sunlight’s intensity.
At most, you need about 20 minutes of sunlight on your face and neck. Getting some on your arms will help too. If you live in a tropical country that’s along the equatorial line, the sunlight is stronger and 10 minutes will do.
Consistency is more important than duration. 10 minutes of sunlight daily is better than sitting under the sun for 2 hours just once a week. Make it a daily activity.
Do NOT apply sunscreen because it will block out the UV rays. Only use sunscreen if you’re going to spend the day at the beach or you’re getting hours of direct sunlight.
Do note that your body produces vitamin D by using the cholesterol in your body and it’s produced on your skin. So, avoid showering for 2 or 3 hours after sunbathing. This will give your body sufficient time to absorb the vitamin D.
To conclude, you must give vitamin D it’s due importance. Spend 20 minutes under the sun daily or consume vitamin D rich foods or a vitamin D supplement. Studies have shown that a vitamin D deficiency can also shorten one’s life in the long run.
This vitamin will keep you healthy, energetic and happy well into your golden years.