We’re approaching winter and will soon start spending even more time outside, which is why we want to impress upon all our patients the importance of getting your daily dose of vitamin D.
What does vitamin D do for my body? Vitamin D regulates calcium and phosphate throughout our body, which supports our overall muscle function and bone density.
What are the benefits of vitamin D? If you get your daily dose of vitamin D, you may see benefits such as improved mood and brain function (such as improvement in memory, attention, and learning), decreased pain, better sleep, an increase in bone health, improved hormone regulation, and decreased risk of cancer.
How much vitamin D do I need? Though there is a lot of varying information regarding daily vitamin D intake, the Mayo Clinic currently recommends a minimum dietary intake of at least 600 units per day, and up to 2000 units daily max.
What happens if I don’t get enough vitamin D? Being deficient in vitamin D can lead to muscle/bone pain or discomfort, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 1 diabetes, and even an increased risk in cancer. Especially in the older population, vitamin D deficiency can also lead to osteoporosis or osteomalacia (softening of the bones).
What can I do to increase my vitamin D intake daily?
- Go outside. Spend more time in the sun. Wear an organic sunscreen and do your body some good. The sun has gotten a bad reputation lately, but after reading this blog post you should realize that the benefits of vitamin D speak for themselves. It’s recommended we aim to get 10-30 minutes of sunlight at least a few times weekly.
- Take a vitamin D supplement.
- Eat more fish, egg yolk, and mushrooms.
- Buy a UV lamp for the days you don’t spend enough time outside.