Winter brings with it shorter days, colder times and the inclination to hibernate in the house until Spring. With the lack of sunshine and minimal time being spent outdoors, most people will become Vitamin D deficient by the end of Winter.
Most of the time we receive the necessary Vitamin D from direct contact of the sun on our skin, however, many regions go months being covered up and not having the opportunity to be out in the sunlight. Low Vitamin D levels may not be something you have ever thought of concerning yourself with, but it can put you at risk.
Vitamin D actually does a lot for your body and immune system. Benefits of the vitamin include:
*Keeping bones strong and protecting against osteoporosis
*Protection against colds and flus
*Protection against cancer, heart disease, and auto-immune diseases
Low Vitamin D levels can also lead to fatigue, depression and aches and pains. So, you see, those “fortified with Vitamin D” labels on dairy products, soy products, juices and cereals are there for a reason. Fortified foods, fatty fish (canned salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines) and the sun are ways of getting Vitamin D. However, many people should also look into using some sort of supplement, especially during the darker months.
What is the recommended dosage of Vitamin D?
*400IU per day for adults up to 50 years old
*400-600IU per day for adults 51-70
*600-800IU per day for adults 71 and over (Vitamin D deficiency is very common among the elderly)
Protect yourself this Winter. Make sure your body is getting the nutrients and vitamins it needs 🙂