Fact Friday: Vitamin D

Fact Friday: Vitamin D is just plain good for you. 

It’s now officially spring– at least that’s what the weather man told me, before he said something about an incoming Nor’easter. Thank goodness that didn’t actually materialize. (Knock on wood!)

And with Spring, comes longer days, warmer temperatures, and yes, Spring cleaning. But while you’re dusting the house and getting it ready for the warm weather, don’t forget to take care of yourself.

What’s that old saying: Your body is your temple? That’s true! And it needs a spring cleaning too. The best way to do that: get outside and bask in the sun.

Why?

When your skin comes in contact with sunlight your body readily makes Vitamin D, one of the most essential vitamins used by the body. It’s uses are many, but Vitamin D is mainly responsible for calcium regulation and helping all parts of your body communicate more efficiently.

It’s responsible for:

  • Lowering blood pressure and preventing hypertension.
  • Lowering the risk of developing precancerous colon polyps.
  • Increased balance in older women.
  • Lowering the risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis
  • Lowering the risk of developing Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder (SAD)

Vitamin D is just plain good for you.

Where can you get it?

There are a number of foods that can provide you with Vitamin D.

  • Mushrooms
  • Eggs
  • Tuna fish
  • Salmon
  • Fortified Milk/ and non-dairy substitutes.
  • And, Vitamin D supplements.

But nothing will beat good ol’ time in the sun (remember to wear sunscreen too!)

So get outside, take the kids, go for a walk. Just spend time in the sunshine. Your body will thank you for the Vitamin D boost with improved sleep and mood.

 

Bonus Fact: Vermont has the highest per capita Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis rate than any other state. It’s due to the lack of sunshine during our (seemingly neverending) winter months. All the more reason to get outside when the getting is good!

Written by The Chad

Real name is Thomas Anania. Hi.

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