The Benefits of Vitamin D

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