Most New Year’s resolutions have faded from priorities to memories. So, what can you do now to enhance your health? For starters, you can make sure that you’re getting the right amount of vitamin D. Vitamin D is different from most other vitamins because we make some of it ourselves. While we obtain other vitamins through food or from the bacteria in our gastrointestinal tracts, we get vitamin D from the sunlight that we absorb on the surface of our skin. It’s no surprise that wintertime is a difficult time for most of us to produce enough vitamin D.
Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium, which is crucial for bone health and heart function. There are a number of additional functions of vitamin D that are currently being studied such as muscle structure, metabolism, immunity and the prevention of some autoimmune diseases.
During the winter, our vitamin production and levels of vitamin D in our bloodstreams decrease for a number of reasons. As long as we’re aware of this, there are a few things we can do to offset a detrimental lack of vitamin D.
There are multiple factors that prevent us from obtaining adequate vitamin D.
Vitamin D is one of the trickier nutrients to obtain. By being mindful of your environment and habits, you can make sure that you’re getting enough vitamin D even during the gloomiest of winter days!