The Importance of Getting Enough Vitamin D
One of the most difficult aspects of the Paleo diet is ensuring that your body gets enough Vitamin D. This becomes particularly hard when you live in a northern climate, with little exposure to the primary source of Vitamin D— sunlight. Fortunately, Vitamin D can be supplemented easily and it is well worth your while to do so.
As an essential nutrient, Vitamin D helps to reduce inflammation, regulate the proliferation and differentiation of cells, increase bone health, and boost calcium and phosphate concentration. It is also said that Vitamin D can be an excellent cure for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Naturally produced by cholesterol in the skin when it makes contact with UVB sunlight, Vitamin D is a great example of one of the benefits of cholesterol. In moderation, it is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle.
Vitamin D Deficiencies
Many people are at risk for a Vitamin D deficiency, including (but not limited to): those in colder climates, frequent sunscreen users, and people with darker skin. With risks including bone problems, rickets, and auto-immune problems, it’s important to ensure that Vitamin D becomes a regular component of your diet.
Vitamin D Supplements
Though available naturally through fatty fish like salmon, many people choose to enhance their diets with Vitamin D supplements.
Though widely available in tablet form, the best supplements are Vitamin D3 gel capsules or sublinguals, as they are easier for the body to absorb and frequently, enter the body faster. To take advantage of the benefits of Vitamin D, the recommended daily intake for most adults is 200-300 IUs—though many adults choose to take from 3.000-10,000 IUs daily. If you’re feeling unsure of what type or quantity to take, your local health food store or doctor should be able to recommend an excellent Vitamin D supplement to meet your specific needs.
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