Northwest Herald – Why you need Vitamin D & Sunshine

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By: Josh Kaufman (Sponsored)

We could all use some quality time in the sun right now! Many people will tell you a day out in the sun will brighten the mood. That’s because the sun helps your skin produce Vitamin D naturally in the body. Vitamin D is known to help regulate mood and, in some cases, fight depression. 

Do you get enough of the sunshine drug? For many of us, our bodies don’t have the ability to make enough vitamin D. There’s a number of factors, including the use of sunscreen when outside, staying indoors too much, pollution levels and living in cities where buildings can block the sun. 

That means we must supplement the lack of sun exposure with Vitamin D supplements and/or the right foods. It’s important because Vitamin D helps regulate the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in our bodies and facilitates normal immune system function. It also plays an important role in normal growth and development of bones and teeth. As we age, a lack of Vitamin D can put you at greater risk of developing bone abnormalities such as osteoporosis. 

Here’s a few ways to increase the amount of Vitamin D in your body. 

  1. Enjoy time outside in the sun. Be mindful sun exposure can cause other issues like skin cancer. But, a few minutes outside in the sun with low levels of sunscreen can do the body good! 2. Eat foods that have Vitamin D in them. Add salmon, egg yolks, sardines, shrimp and fortified milk, orange juice and yogurt to your regular diet. 3. Take Vitamin D supplements. Talk with your doctor about the amount you should take daily.

These simple steps will help increase Vitamin D levels, boost your immune system, regulate your mood and based on some research help with weight loss by suppressing your appetite. 

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