Your Parents were Right…Take your Vitamins!

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It is important to ensure your body (and mind) are getting enough nutrients during the colder months. Since we have been experiencing much milder temperatures than usual, people are spending more time outdoors and enjoying the sunshine as much as possible. However, winter daytime hours are still limited compared to summer, and it is important to remember to get in your daily dose of vitamin D for your overall health. 

Improves bone health 

Vitamin D is a key player in calcium absorption in the intestines, which is essential for maintaining strong and healthy bones. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Vitamin D also aids in the following: 

  • Helps absorb calcium we receive from food. 
  • Protects older adults from osteoporosis. 
  • Promotes healthy functioning of muscles and immune system. 

We need strong muscles to help with balance and minimize the risk of falling and breaking bones. 

Children who don’t get enough vitamin D can develop a condition called rickets, which causes the bones to be soft, weak, and painful. Adults who don’t get enough can get osteomalacia, a painful condition that makes muscles weak and leads to more bends and breaks. It can also cause Osteoporosis, which is a bone disease that develops when “bone mineral and bone mass decrease, or when the structure and strength of the bone changes.” 

Supports the immune system 

Ensuring you get the right amount of vitamin D can also boost your immune system, which defends the body against infections and illnesses. As the common cold and flu (and other respiratory illnesses) make their rounds in homes around the province, it’s a good idea to check the appropriate vitamin D requirements for you and your family members to help combat sickness this winter.  

“Vitamin D can modulate the innate and adaptive immune responses. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity and an increased susceptibility to infection.”

National Library of Medicine

Regulates mood 

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is related to changes in seasons and can be at its worst during the winter months. Research suggests that there is a correlation between low vitamin D levels and mood disorders. In some cases, vitamin D can help regulate moods and benefit your overall mental well-being. 

It is important to ensure that you are taking the correct dosage, as too much can lead to vitamin D toxicity. Use this helpful chart to determine the appropriate amount of the vitamin. While vitamin D is helpful, it is always recommended that you speak with a medical professional before adding any vitamin to your daily routine, especially if you are experiencing any health issues.  

In the meantime, as we continue to experience higher seasonal temperatures, take some time during your workday to get outside, stretch, and soak up some natural vitamin D from the sunshine. Your body, and your mind will thank you for doing so!