Why you need more Vitamin D

Posted on in Healthy Lifestyle, Nutrition by Dr. John Kim

Vitamin D has been proven to be critical for good health. The “sunshine vitamin” is created naturally in our bodies through absorption from sun exposure. It’s known for being necessary in building and maintaining healthy bones, but did you know it has a list of other benefits?

It’s good for your bones.

Vitamin D helps regulate calcium absorption from the intestine or calcium re-absorption from bone, making it necessary for maintenance of healthy bones. Not only is this important for growth in childhood, but also as we get older and become more prone to fractures and osteoporosis. Boosting your intake of vitamin D along with calcium can help prevent more serious bone injuries.

It can boost your immune system.

During the winter months, between December and March, risk of contracting influenza is at its highest. This is also the time of year that our levels of Vitamin D decrease due to lack of sun exposure. According to the British Medical Journal, it was found that people who took a daily or weekly supplement of vitamin D had lowered their risk of acute respiratory infections (such as pneumonia and the flu), as well as upper respiratory infections like colds or sinus infections. There are some studies that have shown a correlation with Vitamin D Deficiency and those suffering from autoimmune diseases like Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis.

It can decrease the chance of developing heart disease.

Tragically, cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada.  There are a multitude of causes for heart disease, however, it has been found to be preventable in most people.  By adopting healthy lifestyle habits early, you can potentially live longer with a healthier heart. Studies have reported that Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease.  Maintaining and checking your vitamin D levels is becoming a preventable measure to help keep your heart functioning at its optimum.

There are even more benefits being discovered.

Your body can absorb Vitamin D from sun exposure in warmer months, but during fall and winter here in Canada, it is harder to get enough. Also, sunscreen, which is important to protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays, blocks the absorption of the UVB energy from the sun to make all the vitamin D that we need.  It is roughly estimated that approximately 20 minutes of midday sun, three times per week, is enough to maintain healthy amounts of Vitamin D among Caucasian adults.  Duration of sun exposure will vary based on geographical location, skin colour, direct or indirect skin exposure and time of day. 

There are a few foods that can help increase your levels of Vitamin D, they include:

  • Fatty fish like tuna, salmon and mackerel
  • Foods fortified with vitamin D like some dairy foods, orange juice, and cereals
  • Cheese
  • Egg yolks

Unfortunately, due to our modern lifestyle, which prevents us from getting the adequate sunlight, it is recommended to supplement with Vitamin D3 to help maintain beneficial levels year-round. Vitamin D3 SAP from NFH, has been found to be of excellent quality with all ingredients being validated by a third-party laboratory for identity, potency, and purity.

There are many benefits from Vitamin D, so make sure you are getting enough!

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Sources:

https://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.i6583

https://mssociety.ca/hot-topics/vitamin-d

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5743852/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2726624/

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1365-2796.2008.02008.x

https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/99/5/1015/4577359

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/benefits-vitamin-d

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20072137

 

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Dr. Kim was born and raised in Toronto and attended high school at St. Michael’s College School. Later, he attended McMaster University and received a Bachelor of Kinesiology, the scientific study of human movement. After university, Dr. Kim decided to enroll at Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa, in the United States. After graduating in 2002, Dr. Kim remained in the United States working alongside highly respected Chiropractors in the Chicago area. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Kim established Kim Family Chiropractic in Milton, Ontario

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