You likely associate Vitamin D with sunshine and a healthy tan, but since most of us are not afforded the luxury of the sun shining year-round, it’s difficult to maintain the right amount of the vitamin naturally. That’s why it’s no surprise that most adults in the U.S. (about 42%) are Vitamin D-deficient, and the low levels leave the body depleted with sometimes severe consequences.
So why is Vitamin D vital for the overall health of the body? It’s responsible for promoting calcium absorption in the gut, which directly relates to bone growth and health, and protection against osteoporosis. The vitamin is also known to boost cell growth, promote neuromuscular and immune functions, and reduce inflammation and the risks of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and various forms of cancer. A Vitamin D deficiency may also be linked to mood disorders and depression. And while the best way to ensure a sufficient amount is from sun exposure, there are a few other ways to boost your Vitamin D levels naturally through your diet and added supplements.
While most foods, unless fortified, are poor sources of Vitamin D, here are a few surprising items you can add to your diet to incorporate the vitamin:
Since fortified foods are really the only way to add small doses of the vitamin through your dietary regimen, your doctor may suggest adding a D supplement when a deficiency is detected. The most common type to look for is Vitamin D3 (or cholecalciferol), since Vitamin D3 is the naturally-occurring form of vitamin D, already synthesized in the body. Pairing the supplement with magnesium, which also helps boost the absorption of calcium, is often recommended since magnesium helps convert Vitamin D to its active form in the bloodstream, which helps the overall effectiveness of the supplement.
We are proud to announce that we will be launching our own Vitamin D3 next week.
*Always consult your physician before adding any supplement to your diet.
Glowing skin begins with hydration; water it plentifully and watch it blossom into a dewy countenance. There are those among us who can imbibe the 2, 3, 4 liters per day needed to quench our (skin's) thirst. But, fret not if you struggle to meet your cup quota, for you can drink your water and eat it too.
We are big proponents of hitting our local greenmarket and frequenting the farm stand over the pharmacy. But, if you’re looking to diversify your plant-based diet further, let’s dive a little deeper, into the depth of freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds, home to one of the planet’s most nutrient-dense foods: blue-green algae.