What does Vitamin D do?

What does Vitamin D do?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that encompasses D-1, D-2, and D-3 vitamin compounds. Primarily Vitamin D helps regulate the absorption of calcium and phosphorus as well as facilitating normal immune system function. Phosphorus and calcium work in tandem together and with Vitamin D, in fact, phosphorus helps regulate the levels of calcium in your system and vice versa and Vitamin D is essential in absorption of both these compounds. 

Phosphorus is vital in the formation of bones and teeth. It also plays an important role in how your body uses carbohydrates and fats. This process is needed to make protein for the repair, growth and maintenance of cells and tissues.

Well, insufficient (or an overabundance) of phosphorus in your system can lead to a drop in energy, muscle weakness and fatigue, joint swelling and subsequent pain.

Furthermore, because it regulates calcium, skeletal issues could arise from hypocalcemia due to low levels of calcium.

Now that this is established;

Why is Vitamin D essential?

Studies suggest Vitamin D can actually help prevent disease.

According to a double blind, placebo-controlled trial in Japan, conducted by the Division of Molecular Epidemiology in Tokyo, the subjects who took 1,200 IU supplements of Vitamin D contracted the influenza flu virus at a rate that was nearly 50% less than the subjects who ingested the placebo (fake vitamin). 

This is why all of our vitamin subscription crates contain Vitamin D3 amongst many other nutritional ingredients to assist your immune system in functioning at it's peak.

Other studies concluded similar results in reducing the risk of multiple sclerosis and heart disease. The absolute best way to get healthy is to be healthy. In other words, the more prudent thing to do is live a healthy lifestyle now rather than wait for an issue to arise and for a doctor to advise you of a lifestyle change.

Weight loss and mental health.

As we mentioned above Vitamin D helps regulate and absorb calcium that you put into your body either by eating certain foods or supplementing with a Calcium & Magnesium supplement. Vitamin D is an important pro-hormone that your body uses for optimal intestinal calcium absorption. This process is know to suppress hunger which can assist in weight loss. When a Vitamin D deficiency is present this process does not function optimally and can lead to hypertension which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart failure and ischemic heart disease.

Another factor for heart disease is stress, anxiety and depression which is caused by an imbalance in the brain as well as external factors such as obesity. Subjects who are overweight almost always score a lower score on the BDI (Beck Depression Inventory) than subjects who are within acceptable societal weight norms. Vitamin D and it’s effects that improve and optimize your bodies absorption of the essential nutrients calcium and phosphorus helps ward off heart disease, random aches and pains, obesity, risk of heart disease and depression. Basically, a Vitamin D deficiency can cause a domino effect, so rather than one ailment stemming from the deficiency, it can cause a land slide of issues as it all ties in together.

Vitamin D Infograph

Vitamin D infograph.

All Vitamin D is not created equal: Vitamin D can be sourced through natural foods, exposure to sunlight, liquid forms or what we stock which is liquid capsules.

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Where can you get Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is known as the ‘sunshine’ vitamin because it is fat-soluble and your body will naturally produce the essential mineral when exposed to sunlight. This is why, often times, Vitamin D deficiencies are to blame for seasonal depression, especially in people who live in northern parts of the country that have cold weather that forces people inside and less sunlight during the day. Though as of recent the daily recommended values have been increasing depending on what study you read. Some of the recommended dosages would take so long to absorb from the sun, you risk prolonged sun exposure which is not recommended.

However there are very healthy foods that contain Vitamin D, however they are few and far in between; 

  • Shrimp
  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Egg Yolk

You can also find Vitamin D fortified foods (meaning the manufacturer adds a Vitamin D supplement) such as, Yogurt, Milk, Cereal and Orange Juice.

Another way is to supplement Vitamin D by taking a multivitamin which has Vitamin D in it OR by taking a Vitamin D supplement on its own. Standalone Vitamin D3 (5,000 IU) softgel vitamins come in every single vitamin subscription box we carry. 

Vitamin D recap.

Vitamin D is an essential part of your bodies daily function. It assists or prevents the following;

Assists in the growth, repair and maintenance of your cells.

Assists in calcium absorption for strong bones and healthy teeth.

Assists the body to more efficiently use fats and carbohydrates.

Can act as a food suppressant
fighting over eating which leads to obesity.

Has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease
and skeletal diseases such as osteoporosis.

Has been shown to strengthen the immune system and reduce the chance to catch season colds and flus.

Has been shown to better regulate the brains hormones and lower anxiety and depression.

Vitamin D alone does not solve all of these problems, instead, it serves as more of a preventative. The human body is a fragile ecosystem and one problem can lead to multiple issues down the road. So make sure to get out of the office and enjoy some sunshine, eat healthy foods and supplement Vitamin D, especially during the winter months.

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