Should you be taking Vitamin D this winter?
You may already be aware that vitamin D is a key factor for bone health and preventing Rickets, but it can also be preventative for a huge range of health problems such as heart disease, dementia, diabetes and cancer. It can only take a minor reduction in Vitamin D levels to adversely affect our health.
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin due to the fact it is produced when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D functions to aid regulation and absorption of both calcium and phosphorus, which are needed to maintain bone strength. Reduction in Vitamin D can put you at risk for bone conditions such as osteoarthritis and osteomalacia (bone softening), regardless of the amount of calcium you consume. While Vitamin D is readily absorbed naturally in summer due to exposure to sunlight, the winter months make it hard to get enough needed to supply the body.
It is also vital for our immune system. Many people find winter especially hard because they feel more tired, they find it hard to start the day, and feel down or depressed. This is commonly known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and is likely to affect you more than you think. With a weaker immune system you are more exposed to developing the common cold, but also other diseases such as influenza. Taking vitamin D not only helps prevent SAD, but also decreases your chances of catching cold or flu.
On average, food provides about 10% of our intake. Foods such as oily fish can help but supplements are recommended, however, poor digestion can reduce the effectiveness of vitamin D tablets. Here, a high quality probiotic is also recommended.
So, for a stronger immune system, a decreased risk of certain diseases, stronger bones, decreased mental impairment and so much more - top up on your chiropractic adjustments and vitamin D levels, and face winter stronger.
Dr. Chris Braxton D.C.
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