Vitamin D …
This is a vitamin that I could literally write pages and pages on through research. However, I’m just taking some snippets of information that I’ve sourced. I will pop links to the sources at the bottom of the page.
What is vitamin D?
Vitamin D is vital for overall health and wellness. It’s essential for strong and healthy bones and is important in helping many other body parts function properly. These include the heart, lungs, muscles and brain.
The unique difference with vitamin D in comparison to other vitamins, is that our body can actually make vitamin D from sunlight. In fact it is said that all we need to make an ample amount daily is 15 – 20 minutes of sun exposure – without sunscreen. It’s also available in the form of supplements and we are able to obtain small amounts from food.
Food sources include: Meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna are said to be very good sources.
Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency is serious. Apparently up to a quarter of the population is deficient in vitamin D. This has all kinds of health implications. Research suggests that as well as the risk of bone problems, not getting enough vitamin D could also be linked to diabetes, asthma, heart conditions, multiple sclerosis.
A lack of vitamin D has also been linked to depression and fatigue. Although results aren’t clear.
Whilst looking for a vitamin D supplement I read lots of reviews from people taking vitamin D supplements, many talked about having more energy and a lifted mood.
My Personal Experience
I also want to add something that I think is interesting – it’s about my own experience with the sunshine vitamin.
Around a year ago I talked about how my skin condition – Keratosis Pilaris, had suddenly cleared up. I’d had this on my arms since being pregnant with my daughter 6 years ago. Prior to that I had always had completely smooth arms. For those that aren’t sure of what I mean, it’s the skin condition that looks like chicken skin. Raised, red bumps with white heads. This is actually due to overproduction of the substance Keratin, a fibrous protein that makes up part of the skin. It was very bad at times and I was extremely self conscious about it.
When I spoke of it clearing up, I was taking the supplement MSM (sulphur).
Did This Vitamin Help my Skin?
Fast forward a few months and MSM had fallen out of my routine consistently. I then realised that over time the Keratosis Pilaris had returned. I was annoyed with myself for letting MSM slip – it’s amazing for skin. However, back in July I headed off on a weeks holiday to Turkey (with my red bumpy arms). I enjoyed the sun – safely. It really does give you the feel good factor, doesn’t it?
Every morning I sat out for breakfast on a veranda, bright sunshine (SPF on my face but not my body). This was probably for a duration of around 40 minutes.
My Arms Became Clear
Towards the end of the holiday I had smooth arms once again. This really got me questioning vitamin D and how much it effects our skin …
As a long-haul Air Stewardess for 11 years, I spent a lot of time in the sun, and as I said before, my arms were always clear. I never truly believed it was simply hormone related when almost three years past the birth of my last child I still had it. I knew it must be an issue within that I just hadn’t figured out yet.
I can’t say that I’m 100% sure it is vitamin D alone that has helped to clear my arms. Recently I made other dietary changes and added the MSM back in. But, at the time of clear arms post- holiday – I hadn’t made those changes.
My conclusion is that I may well have been vitamin D deficient and obviously more so in the autumn/winter months. I’m religious about my facial SPF every morning and although I get outside every day I may not have been getting enough sun exposure on bare skin to make enough vitamin D.
I’m now also taking a daily supplement. I have to say that I definitely feel more energised and at ease knowing that as the days will get shorter and darker, I am making a conscious effort to cover my needs.
Vitamin D Supplements
Whilst doing my research for a supplement I knew that I wanted a high-strength supplement of vitamin D3. I had also read that if taking vitamin D, it’s advised to also supplement with vitamin K2 as they really work in synergy together. Obviously, I’m not a medical expert or a nutritionist, so I am taking the advice of others that are qualified in these areas.
I was very kindly sent my vitamins from www.simplysupplements.net
You can find the vitamin D here
Vitamin K2 here