Season’s greetings from your friends at Arne Wellness Center! Can you believe we’re just a few weeks away from the holidays? With that in mind, we’re right in the throes of winter, which can mean we must endure a few gloomy days with no sunshine. This, got us thinking about the importance of vitamin D for your health and wellness.
Benefits of Vitamin D for Your Health and Wellness
You’ve probably heard that wintertime can be a season when people experience vitamin D deficiency. In fact, this is more common than you think. Studies show that nearly 46% of Americans are considered vitamin D deficient, which is largely due in part to the fact that we spend a lot of time indoors — especially during winter… in the middle of a pandemic wrought with social distancing and self-quarantine. A vitamin D deficiency can negatively affect your mood, your energy, and your physical health as well. Today, we’re going to explore the benefits of the “Sunshine Vitamin” and how getting regular doses of vitamin D can help you feel better mentally, emotionally, and physically all winter long.
What Is Vitamin D, and Why Is It So Important During Winter?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient that we get naturally from the sun and in our diet. Did you know that vitamin D is the only nutrient your body naturally produces via synthesis through sun exposure? It’s true! When our skin is exposed to UVB rays in sunlight, it triggers the production of vitamin D through cholesterol cells. We also ingest this nutrient in vitamin-D rich foods like oily, fatty fish, mushrooms, fortified dairy, egg yolks, and other foods.
Vitamin D is an essential supplement that supports healthy bones, teeth, and a strong immune system. That said, because winter is a season jam-packed with colds and viruses, and because the sun is often covered up by clouds, we don’t get as much exposure to the sun to naturally produce vitamin D to help fight off infections and illnesses. Now then, let’s take a look at the powerful health advantages we get from vitamin D.
Strengthens Our Immune System
Numerous studies show vitamin D acts on immunity pathways, which activate the T-cells to help identify and target pathogens like viruses, bacteria, and other pollutants in the body. By getting enough vitamin D to reduce your risk for a deficiency, you thereby strengthen your immune system function to effectively fight off infections and illnesses and develop a greater resistance to them over time. If you don’t get enough sun exposure (about 15 minutes two-to-three times a day) to produce vitamin D, and you don’t get enough of the nutrient in your regular diet, try taking a high-quality supplement to ensure your body gets the vitamin D it needs to thrive.
Similar to strengthening the immune system, vitamin D can also fight inflammation. Research shows that this nutrient has strong anti-inflammatory effects that may help prevent inflammation in the gut, and inflammation in the joints and tissues caused by autoimmune diseases. Not only that, but studies also show that vitamin D may help protect you against certain autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoporosis, lupus, and other chronic illnesses.
Facilitates Healthy Calcium Absorption
One of the most important functions of vitamin D is its role in facilitating the healthy absorption of calcium in the body. Vitamin D is crucial in forming the hormone calcitriol to encourage sufficient calcium absorption, which is essential for healthy bones, muscles, nerves, and the heart to function optimally.
Talk to Your Littleton Chiropractor
There are so many wonderful benefits that you can enjoy from getting plenty of vitamin D every day. If you would like to learn more about vitamin D, as well as other vitamins and nutrients that can support your overall health, wellness, and well-being, then talk to your Littleton chiropractic internist today. Get in touch with Arne Wellness Center to explore our wellness services, and arrange your appointment today. From all of us here, we wish you and your family a healthy, happy holiday season, and a wonderful start to your new year!