Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential to maintain optimal health.
We can get it from certain foods (like fatty fish, egg yolks, and raw milk), the sun, and through supplementation.
Unfortunately, Vitamin D is one of the most common deficiencies today.
Although it is a vitamin, it is also a hormonal precursor (which means it is a building-block for certain hormones). It also contains antioxidant properties that help support your immune system in its defense against stressors, as well as helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus (which are key to maintaining healthy bones, teeth, and muscles).
A deficiency can result in an array of unwanted symptoms and health issues like chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, hormonal imbalances, weak bones, and a weakened immune system.
Dosages will vary per person, depending on a multitude of variables like:
Where you live – the closer to the equator you live, the easier it is to obtain vitamin D.
Amount of skin that is exposed while you are outdoors – mid-day produces more UVB rays, which coverts to more vitamin D.
Colour of your skin – the amount of melanin in your skin determines how much vitamin D is produced.
Your diet – the amount (or lack) of vitamin D you consume on the daily.
I personally take vitamin D3 daily. When supplementing, I always recommend to consume fat-soluble vitamins (like Vitamin D) with a fat source (like coconut oil, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, nuts and seeds) to ensure optimal absorption.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, I highly recommend talking to your personal health care provider and getting your blood levels of vitamin D tested (a test, called a 25-hydroxy vitamin D test), and supplementing where needed to get levels in an optimal range.
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