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Why vitamin D is so important to your health

Supplements have been gaining popularity for decades. Without taking the time for proper nutrition, most people nowadays need supplementation to create a balance in neutron with such busy lifestyles. One vitamin that made big waves during the pandemic was Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a key nutrient that doesn’t just support healthy immune function but also bolsters our bones, our brains and more. But before you jump on another supplement bandwagon, let’s see how we can access and process this vitamin safely.

What is vitamin D?

Your body needs vitamin D for a number of its critical processes, from regulating certain cellular functions to building strong bones. It affects your brain, skin, muscle function and more. As far as bone health goes, vitamin D plays an important role because it maintains calcium and phosphorus balance by promoting absorption. 

Vitamin D comes in two primary forms: D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol). They function fairly similarly in your body, although D3 is more bioavailable and, therefore, more effective in raising and maintaining adequate vitamin D levels in the bloodstream. 

Bonus mode: Your body actually has the ability to make vitamin D on its own when a chemical in your skin gets direct sunlight. (Living in Mexico has it’s perks).

Bad news: Most people can’t make as much vitamin D as their bodies need. This becomes apparent with limited sun exposure during the winter months when the days shorten and you spend less time outdoors. (Think Canada November through to February). A vitamin D deficiency can still occur in those who have dark skin, fat malabsorption disorders, inflammatory bowel disease or are elderly. 

Without enough of this vitamin, you’re more prone to stress fractures. Some people also experience fatigue, aches and pains with vitamin D deficiency. 

If you think you might have this deficiency, ask your doctor to order a blood test. They can help you determine if you’re low on this vitamin and, if so, the best way to increase your levels. Some people benefit from adding more vitamin D-rich foods and drinks to their diet, while others need vitamin D supplements. 

 

Adding Vitamin D to your diet can be done with some naturally occurring sources that include:

  • Tuna
  • Trout
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Egg yolk
  • Mushrooms
  • Shrimp
  • Cheese
  • Beef liver

You may also see Vitamin D promoted in cereals, oatmeal and orange juice. In other words, food manufacturers have either decided that a healthy dose of vitamin D is a great way to start the day, or adding Vitamin D helps marketing the product.

One of the best supplementations we have found for Vitamin D is an electrolyte from Pruvit called Mitoplex. It’s a powder that mixes easy with water and comes either unflavoured or flavoured. It’s a fast and easy way to get your Vitamin D and it’s other ingredients include Creatine Monohydrate, MitoP2Q, and C-Med 100, Vitamin B-6, B-12, Magnesium and Potassium, and all under 5 calories per serving. If you wish to try Mitoplex for 20 days, you can find it HERE.

Among so many other physical and mental health benefits, you can also get vitamin D from sunlight. If you use sunscreen, then you are blocking this process. The best way to address protecting yourself from harmful suns rays are limiting your time out in the sun exposed. 15 minutes to half hour without sunscreen per day would offer more than an adequate dose of Vitamin D. Stay cool.

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