There are many sources of Vitamin D. From those that occur naturally in food, to the sunlight you feel on your face, to a simple daily supplement. We'll outline the benefits and more in this week's post.
Why is Vitamin D important?
Aids in weight loss: Did you know that Vitamin D plays an important role in weight loss? Don't get too excited though. It doesn't work alone. You still need a well balanced diet and exercise routine. But getting enough Vitamin D can help keep your hormone levels in check and as a result, promote weight loss and reduce body fat.
Controls appetite: Vitamin D can increase levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects many things like mood, sleep and appetite. Serotonins affects appetite by increasing satiety, reducing body weight and decreasing overall calorie intake as a result.
Helps maintain strong bones: Vitamin D is needed to help you body absorb calcium. Bone growth and healing depend on getting enough calcium along with vitamin D, to keep the bones strong and protect against osteoporosis.
Reduces inflammation: Vitamin D is a natural anti-inflammatory. As a result, many people believe that vitamin D plays a role in relieving joint pain, particularly where inflammation is the cause.
Sources of Vitamin D
Sunlight (in moderation; remember your skin health is just as important)
Vitamin D3 supplement (Tip: add a supplement if there are periods of time where you do not get much sunlight like the winter months.)
Liver (if you're felling adventurous)
Fortified Orange Juice