Vitamin D: The Importance of the Sunshine Vitamin

Today is a GORGEOUS day at my house! I mean it’s 80 degrees by the beach in LA!!! :) All this sunshine and sitting out in the sun keeps reminding me of a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while. A post about VITAMIN D… one of the most overlooked deficiencies yet simplest “vitamin” to consume / produce.

vitamind-slide-v4 {image via Refinery29}

Either it’s reticular activation (you know when you keep seeing the same thing over and over again because it’s on your mind) or it’s actually a big health problem, but I keep hearing about people who are Vitamin D deficient (including my best friend who just got diagnosed with that 2 weeks ago). With all the worries about skin cancer and 100+ SPF sunscreen, it’s no wonder people aren’t getting enough Vitamin D for free: from the sun!!!

When my best friend told me she was diagnosed with a Vitamin D defeciency and that she would have to take 2,000 IU of Vitamin D capsules per day I laughed at her and said “you know the sun is free?” I gave her a lecture on how getting 10 min of sun a day by walking her dog or eating lunch outside could make a huge difference. She refused, but at least I made my point. Unfortunately, since I’m “brown”, aka I have darker skin because I’m “island folk” (as the Mr. says) due to my Filipino & Okinawan background, I have to be out in the sun almost 5 times longer than the Mr. (who is pasty white and Irish) and my best friend (who is eastern European) to absorb the same amount of Vitamin D due to the way my pigment absorbs UVB rays. They sure have it easy… although at least I don’t ever burn, I just get tan :)

I also think it’s interesting that in the last few years, the RDA has increased from 600IU/day to a “recommended” 2,000IU/day with an upper limit of 4,000IU for adults (although others suggest taking 1,000IU per 25lbs of body weight up to 10,000IU/day). Just remember that Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin so make sure to combine it with healthy fats, like coconut oil, grass-fed butter, or a cup of Bulletproof Coffee!

Since I’m not a doctor or medical professional in any way, I thought I’d just share some interesting infographics and articles that help outline the importance of Vitamin D in our diets / lives. From calcium absorption for healthy bones to keeping a healthy immune system & regulating insulin levels to making you happy & sleep better, this sunshine Vitamin is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. I mean most plants & life can’t survive without sunlight, so why would humans be different?

Articles

Fun Infographics

health benefits of vitamin d infographic {via Dr. Kehres}

vitamin-d-the-sunshine-vitamin_50290bc8429cd_w594 {via Healthspan}

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