It’s doesn’t need to be expensive or a science project.
Today we want to talk about Vitamin D, an essential vitamin our bodies can actually produce on it’s own. The problem is we need at least 10 minutes of midday sun in shots and tank tops to produce the 10,000 IUs our skin is capable of. The healthy Body utilizes between 3000-5000 IU of Vitamin D a day, so you can see why we need to supplement our Vitamin D, in some form.
In some studies, Vitamin D blood levels should be between 20-40ng/ml. But more recent studies show the adequate amount is really between 50- 100ng/ml to aid in overall health. A simple blood test with your Doctor called the 25-hydroxy will reveal your levels.
This amazing vitamin is proven to help reduce the risk of heart disease, help reduce pain and inflammation causing a healthy immune system and protect against auto immune diseases. It is also proven to reduce the risk of certain cancers (like breast, prostate and colon). All this and it also aids in depression and brain development along with sleep and digestive diseases like crones. To top it off, it protects your bones from osteoporosis and rickets (because without Vitamin D your body can’t absorbed calcium).
The growing research on Vitamin D suggest the supplement Vitamin D3 plays a huge role in our health. Doses between 5,0000 IU up to 10,000 IU per day. To much vitamin D3 can also cause side effects life headaches and inflammation. The best way of knowing your levels is to test.
When should you to take your Vitamin D3? First thing in the morning because Vitamin D actually interferers with your melatonin hormone (your sleep hormone) it is best to take first thing.
Head to your doctor then to your local health store for a recommendation on which brand may work for you.
Some foods high in Vitamin D include Some Fish and Eggs, and Shiitake Mushrooms!