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Vitamin D and your Health

By on October 31, 2019

by Tami Mungenast CPT CNWC CES

Vitamin D is a very important vitamin/hormone that comes from sunlight, diet, and some supplements. It provides many health benefits including calcium absorption to maintain bone health, muscle function and immune system benefits. Research also shows healthy D serum levels reduce risks for certain types of cancers.

Studies also suggest that Vitamin D may benefit our ability to prevent colds, the flu and other similar upper respiratory tract infections, which include viral symptoms like runny/stuffy nose, cough, and sore throat. 

Taking vitamin D supplements can be beneficial but should not entirely replace making a strong effort to increase levels of vitamin D in the diet or through sun exposure. Our skin is our best organ to absorb and utilize Vitamin D through sunlight.  As we head into the colder season we need to look more towards diet and supplements for the days we are not able to get sunlight on our skin. Some good dietary sources of vitamin D include salmon, tuna and mackerel, egg yolks and cod liver oil. Dairy like milk, some yogurts and cheese also have Vitamin D. Some products are fortified with Vitamin D like orange juice.  It is important to understand that Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and best absorbed in the digestive tract when paired with a meal that has dietary fat present. Studies suggest that the absorption rate is 50% higher when consumed with dietary fat. Although Vitamin D can be found in fat free dairy products such as milk and yogurt it is important to improve absorption by having fat present in the diet when consuming foods with Vitamin D or supplements.