Vitamin D-The Proactive Vitamin

21 Feb

Are performance, energy, and recovery important to you? If so, today’s blog is for you.

Most people go to the doctor when they are sick, not every year like they should. Why? Most people think they’re healthy, so it doesn’t matter, but what if you could prevent yourself from getting sick? What if you could prevent yourself from breaking a bone? What if you could speed up your recovery time? Would you?

This is exactly why you should go to the doctor. Last month I went to the doctor and when my doctor looked at lab work, he said I was deficient in Vitamin D. Me?!?! I asked him how significant it was. He said Vitamin D affects 15 different functions and he wanted me to start taking a Vitamin D supplement on a daily basis. Due to the fact that sunlight is one of the biggest sources of vitamin D, I didn’t think I could be low because I run outside several days a week. My doctor said that many people are low in Vitamin D, especially during the winter.

I started doing research, only to find articles on Vitamin D in several magazines this month. Apparently most of the major magazine publications think it’s important too. So here’s why you should get your Vitamin D checked:

1. Essential for the absorption of calcium to maintain healthy bones.
2. Helps to regulate your immune system and may help prevent disorders like the common cold.
3. Has a key role in keeping the brain functional in later years.
4. Protects against damage from low levels of radiation.
5. Shown to reduce the likelihood of overuse injuries and reduce soreness after a hard workout.
6. Helps regulate blood pressure, reduce stress and tension, aid in insulin secretion, helps fight depression, reduces wrinkles, and more.

UV rays are one of the best sources of Vitamin D, but sunscreen can cut production by 99%, so the other options are food or supplements. Egg yolks, mushrooms, fatty fish, and milk are great sources of vitamin D. Supplements may also be needed. How much Vitamin D should you take? Check with your doctor to get a blood test and see how much you need.

Be proactive for your overall health and make your appointment today! Let me know what your Vitamin D levels were and if this made a difference for you! Share your stories!

In Health and Happiness,

Madeline
http://www.Madfitness.com

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