We know how important vitamins and minerals are for the proper functioning of our body. What many people underestimate, however is how crucial some of these may be for keeping us fit and preventing some of the most serious health conditions. And while it is difficult to point out a single micronutrient as most important, if you have to prioritize and avoid deficiency, it would be wise to bet on Vitamin D. The good news is that keeping your healthy levels is quite pleasant. Read on to see how.
Our skin synthesizes Vitamin D from the sunlight. Our busy way of life and spending most of our days indoors, however prevents us from getting enough exposure to the sun. This has never been truer than this year of isolation and lack of proper vacation for many of us. Furthermore, exposing ourselves to the sunlight helps with the serotonin production, which in turn induces good sleep and regulates our mood.
Getting enough sunlight and high levels of Vitamin D are also related to fat burning and keeping us fit. Expose yourself as often as possible, especially during the darker winter months. You don’t risk of getting sunburned, so don’t worry for overdoing it.
Since, however, consuming too much Vitamin D can be toxic, we don’t advise you to take supplements at your own discretion. The best would be to get your levels measured as part of your routine medical check and ask your doctor for the exact dosage of Vitamin D you should take as a supplement.
Vitamin D is extremely important for keeping our bones and teeth healthy, for supporting our brain, heart and immune function, as well as regulating our insulin levels and warding off most serious health conditions.
Some foods are enriched with Vitamin D, but we would always advise you to go the natural way: first by exposing yourself to the sun and second by consuming foods such as fatty fish, eggs, mushrooms and milk. And here is a very indulgent form of this healthy advice.