Sunshine IS Good For Your Body!

Vitamin D does so much for your heart, blood pressure and whole body!  

The wellness world talks a lot about Vitamin D for optimum wellness and for prevention of disease.  Vitamin D affects 2,000+ genes in your body! But did you know…..

Vitamin D possibly makes a difference between losing weight and keeping it off? 

“Low vitamin D status has been associated with insulin resistance and increased levels of chronic inflammation 2 mechanisms through which obesity appears to confer an excess risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers  If vitamin D can modify the metabolic alterations associated with obesity, then changes in circulating concentrations of vitamin D could modify obesity-disease relations1.”

“The Sunshine Vitamin” D is a fat-soluble hormone present in few foods; some fish, fish liver oils, eggs, fortified dairy, and grains. Ultraviolet rays from sunlight striking the skin trigger vitamin D synthesis; vitamin D is produced by the body in response.

Symptoms of Low D:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain/weakness/cramps
  • Joint pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Restless sleep
  • More

The Jury’s still out in conclusive evidence that Vitamin D actually helps you lose weight, but there’s evidence that low levels are associated with obesity.

But this much was conclusive:  “Higher Vitamin D levels are associated with lower weight gains, suggesting low vitamin D status may predispose to fat accumulation2.”

Often patient report feeling better and more energetic after taking Vitamin D3.  Having more energy is always a win/win, helping you tackle your weight loss goals with more ease and vigor.

A lack of Vitamin D will make you feel tired, sluggish, and overall less energetic or even ache in your muscles and joints.

Exposure to UV rays is thought to cause the release of endorphins, chemicals in your brain that produce feelings of euphoria and pain relief. Endorphins naturally relieve stress, and stress management is an important factor in weight management as well!

Get vitamin D by exposing your bare skin to sunlight (ultraviolet B rays). This happens quickly, particularly in summer. Don’t tan or burn! Expose your skin for half the time it takes to turn pink or burn. How much vitamin D is produced from sunlight depends on the time of day, where you live, and your skin color. The more skin you expose the more vitamin D is produced.

It’s hard to get enough Vitamin D from the sun during winter months or if you live in the north, work inside in an urban area with tall buildings.  Take a good quality supplement to take care of this!

How Much Do I Need?  

Get tested and if low, supplement with 5,000 – 10,000/mg D3 with calcium and K2 for absorption per day.  Test again after 3 months. Dietary Guidelines:

  • Deficient < 25 ng/ml
  • Optimal is 50-70 ng/ml
  • Therapeutic levels 70-100 ng/ml for those with disease
  • Too much > 100 ng/ml

Visit GrassrootsHealth.net for more info.

  1. http://nutritionreviews.oxfordjournals.org/content/73/9/577
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=%22Journal+of+women%27s+health+%282002%29%22%5BJour%5D+AND+2012%5Bpdat%5D+AND+Leblanc%5Bauthor%5D&cmd=detailssearch.
  3. http://www.grassrootshealth.net

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