Vitamin D is HOT

The morning talk shows, blogs, newspapers, and magazines have jumped on the many scientific studies that show how important Vitamin D is to our health. Even traditional medical doctors are testing their patient’s D levels.

Vitamin D deficiency has been indicated in different cancers and heart disease, and studies have shown that Vita D can help prevent osteoporosis. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with low bone mass and osteoporosis because vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium from the diet. Low levels of vitamin D have also been linked with poor muscle strength and other chronic conditions, such as autoimmune disease.

If you live north of South Carolina, you are almost certain to be deficient, so join me on this Vita D bandwagon.

Doctors are right to be concerned. We need this vital nutrient. But it’s a tough one to get from our foods. The foods that provide Vitamin D are certain types of wild fish, like salmon, white beans and some dark leafy greens.

Because we can’t get ALL the Vitamin D that we need from food, lots of great new supplements are showing up. (Dole just launched a new portobello mushroom powder said to increase Vita D levels)

According to Cornell University, the best way to get the RIGHT kind of Vitamin D is to go outside into the sun.  (I hear gasps from all the women who have hidden from the sun for 20 years.)  You read that correctly.

Walk outside today, and turn to the sun like a flower. Sit for a moment or just walk around the block. Just 15-20 minutes will do it. (We don’t want to damage that gorgeous skin!)

And the best part? Sunshine is absolutely free and will increase your happiness index. Your body uses the sun to create hormones called endorphins, the happy hormones that can help with weight loss and depression.

Take your Vitamin D break today..