Vitamin D is always important, but it’s during the cold winter months that it gets neglected, mainly because we don’t see the sun as much. When we are deficient in vitamin D, we become more susceptible to infection, which is a big reason why we get sick more often.
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is commonly referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” because it is produced in your skin from exposure to the sun.
Although it is best known for promoting healthy bones and teeth, it is more recently being acknowledged for it’s ability to fight infection, reduce heart disease risk, and prevent some types of cancer as well as diabetes.
Aside from basking in the sun, some other great ways to increase your vitamin D intake are, a good quality supplement (kid versions available as well), and foods such as salmon, eggs, and mushrooms.
Vitamin D is vital for optimal health. It is important for:
- Preventing disease and illness, including the common cold
- Regulating mood
- Reducing depression
- Supporting immunity
- Helps with weight loss
- Preventing viral or bacterial upper respiratory infections
- Eczema *especially in kids
- Supporting healthy bones and teeth
How do you know if you are vitamin D deficient?
- Frequently sick
- Skin conditions
- Hair and bone loss
- Multiple Sclerosis
- High blood pressure
Be sure to visit your doctor if you are finding yourself suffering from some of these ailments, especially during the winter months.