The importance of Vitamin D supplementation has always been associated with skin care and skin renewal, which funnily enough most women (including myself) recognise. But beyond superficial concerns, this powerful micronutrient actually also addresses many other body needs, making it an essential part of a well balanced diet and for optimal health.
Why is Vitamin D so important?
Firstly, Vitamin D contributes to the body’s immune, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular processes, from impulse conduction through to cell function. Hence why it makes up such a large piece of our wellness puzzle. Secondly, it supports the formation of bones by ensuring optimal calcium mineralization so we don’t become prone to bone degeneration such as osteoporosis and osteomalacia. Not only this but Vitamin D also preserves muscle strength by preventing hyperparathyroidism, which can cause muscle weakness. To top it all off, Vitamin D also helps in preventing skin cancer, autoimmune diseases like asthma and multiple sclerosis and depression. So much as that sometimes it can be referred to as the Vitamin Depression.
Now, the best part about Vitamin D is that it can be free to consume (for most of us). The sun is the biggest supplier of Vitamin D. By simply spending 20 mins in the sun daily the body can naturally synthesise Vitamin D from the suns exposure. Naturally obtaining nutrients is the most optimal however we can’t solely rely on the sun to help us get the right kind and amount of UV rays to convert to Vitamin D. There are also certain times of the day that may expose people to too much sun, which potentially longterm may cause skin damage. Those with darker skin also have to put up with the fact that they have higher UVB demands and must adjust to changing weather patterns.
People living in Australia would normally not have any problems with Vitamin D supplementation because Australia has such an abundant amount of sun. But this isn’t the case. Australia experiences some of the most intense sun in the world and without risking potentially damaging your skin we apply sunscreen which diverts the natural process of Vitamin D conversion. Then on the flipside there are those who live further north or south from the equator whom don’t get enough natural sunlight.
So what would they do?
In more cases than often we can’t purely rely on nature to supply us with the efficient amount of Vitamin D our bodies require. It’s in these instances that Vitamin D supplement is essential.
Vitamin D is essential for:
– Absorption of Calcium
– Controlling the amount of phosphate in our bodies
– Bone Health
– Autoimmune Diseases (Coeliac’s Disease)
– Heart Disease
– Cognitive Function
– Pain Control
Are you deficient in Vitamin D?
Vitamin D deficiency can be treated with supplement support. For healthy people, 400-6000IU/day should bring low levels up to within a normal range. For people who have severe vitamin d deficiencies (malabsorption, healing fractures, osteoporosis) in these cases larger doses may be necessary.
Recommend Gluten Free Vitamin D:
Gluten Free Vitamin D Supplement
One question I’m commonly asked is ‘Why supplement with a Gluten Free Diet?‘
Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are needed to support and create optimal health. Without doubt the best source of these is fresh fruit and veg, whole and from the ground. But how many people do you know who get their daily of 9+ servings of Fruit and Veg?
Find out more about why providing nutrients to support our healing on a Gluten Free Diet is so important:
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