While we all know that Vitamin D supplements can decrease your chances of catching a cold or flu, many of us may not realize that the first rays of spring sunshine should not come as a cue to put your vitamin D away with your winter jacket. Although more sunlight means we’ll make more vitamin D, you still need to take at least 2,000 IU daily.
Things you should know about Vitamin D :
-Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. This means that your body can store extra amounts of vitamin D.
-It is important to get enough vitamin D from your diet because it helps our bodies absorb and use calcium and phosphorous for strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D can help protect older adults against osteoporosis.
-Vitamin D can also protect against infections by keeping your immune system healthy
-It may help reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis and certain types of cancer, such as colorectal cancer but this is still being studied.
1/ It blunts your appetite
Beyond the clear impact on our mood, gloomy pre-spring weather can indeed make us fat. We produce vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the ultraviolet B (UVB) rays in bright sunlight. Beyond the established immune-enhancing benefits, rising vitamin D levels are also known to activate the production of Leptin, which helps us slim down by signalling our brain and our stomach.
2/It improves muscle function
If you have chronic pain you may want to reassess your vitamin D levels.New research shows, for the first time, a link between vitamin D and muscle function — including recovery from exercise and daily activities. It also explains why lower levels can lead to Physical fatigue . Other researshes done with adolescent girls found that vitamin D is positively related to muscle power, force, velocity and jump height.And while you may not be too worried about your jump height, this research is relevant if you find it hard to even get to the gym ,let alone hit your personal bests while you’re there.
Beware of “D-ficiency”
Many lifestyle and environmental factors can affect your ability to get sufficient amounts of this vitamin through the sun alone. These factors include:
-use of sunscreen
-spending more time indoors
-working longer hours in offices
-living in big cities where buildings block sunlight
These factors contribute to vitamin D deficiency in an increasing number of people. That’s why it’s important to get some of your vitamin D from sources besides sunlight.