Vitamin D is essential for numerous body functions ranging
from supporting our bone health to regulating our immune
system. Unlike most vitamins, vitamin D functions more like a
hormone, whereas every cell in our body has a receptor which
allows it to absorb vitamin D. It can be synthesized by our
body when our skin is exposed to sunlight. For this reason, it’s
often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin.” Interestingly, how
much vitamin D we make depends on a number of factors
including genetics, age, and skin tone.
Studies show that approximately 41% of us are vitamin D
deficient, which can have some serious health consequences
such as osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
People who are vitamin D deficient may experience frequent
illness, chronic fatigue, bone or muscle pain or depression.
There are three key sources of vitamin D – sunlight, dietary
sources, and supplements. Sunlight is the most common (aim
to be outdoors at least three times per week for approximately
20-30 minutes between 10am -3pm). Another way to boost your