27 Sep Healthy Advantages of Having Enough Vitamin D
Sunday evenings are the average American’s time to get ready for the next work week. You may be washing clothes for the week, meal-prepping, and helping your kids with their homework. You may also be getting your vitamins and supplements ready for the week ahead.
When you pack your divided pill case for the week, don’t forget to add Vitamin D!
Vitamin D has been shown to have extremely healthy advantages in our daily lives. Sometimes known as the “Sunshine Vitamin”, Vitamin D is vital to our health and nutrition. Vitamin D is naturally produced in your skin, as a direct response to sunlight. Some people gain enough Vitamin D through sunlight as well as the food we eat and through supplements. Vitamin D includes D-1, D-2, and D-3.
If you do not get enough Vitamin D, you are at a higher risk of having Osteoporosis (fragile bones) and Osteomalacia (soft bones).
Vitamin D protects you from disease
Vitamin D is a natural disease fighter. It can help to protect you from cardiovascular disease, depression, stroke, respiratory infections, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
Vitamin D helps to reduce inflammation in blood vessels, lowering the chances of cardiovascular disease. It also helps to reduce the amount of calcium build-up.
This super vitamin can also help to lower your blood sugar levels, reducing your chances of being diagnosed with diabetes.
Studies have shown that low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to depression as well.
Vitamin D could be considered a super vitamin by some. It has been shown to decrease the chances of developing 17 different types of cancers including breast, colon, stomach, pancreas, and bladder. There have been improved cancer survival rates in some patients who had elevated levels of Vitamin D in their system.
Some people have found that they have been able to fight off respiratory infections easier when taking Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps with your immune system, helping to fight off these unwanted infections.
Decreased levels of Vitamin D have been an indicator of higher levels of stroke in some people. This is regardless of smoking status and other factors.
Vitamin D increases weight loss
If you are trying to lose weight, it’s a good idea to add Vitamin D into your supplement routine. Some studies have shown that adding calcium and Vitamin D to your diet, can result in increased weight loss. Calcium can also act as an appetite suppressant in some.
Vitamin D reduces depression
Vitamin D plays an important role in your mood. Many people with depression have noticed great results when adding Vitamin D to their diet. They have found that their symptoms were less when taking Vitamin D. Research has shown that patients with fibromyalgia who did not use Vitamin D, had increased levels of anxiety and depression.
Signs of Vitamin D deficiency
- A general feeling of unwellness
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Muscle and bone pain
- Stress fractures
- Difficulty walking up and downstairs
As you can see, Vitamin D is a real “Super Vitamin”. It has benefits that can be of help to anyone. If you feel like you may be deficient in Vitamin D, give LT Men’s Clinic a call at (817)416-5698. They can discuss the many treatment options available to you.