The Sunshine Vitamin: Benefits of Vitamin D

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The Sunshine Vitamin: Benefits of Vitamin D

When was the first time you heard about Vitamin D?

Like many people, I’m sure my first experience hearing the words Vitamin D was when I was a kid and caught a commercial for milk on TV. Every ad that came out would state, “drink milk for a healthy dose of Vitamin D” and right on the bottle you’d find the words “Fortified with Vitamin D for strong bones.” 

The association between strong bones and Vitamin D has been there from an early age for many of us, and while that benefit is more than worth it, I thought it would be important to share with you the many significant ways Vitamin D can impact our health on a daily basis.

Vitamin D Fights Disease

The importance of Vitamin D in our systems is something I cannot stress enough. Vitamin D is a very powerful tool to maintain overall healthiness, reduce existing symptoms, and prevent future diseases. 

To start, Vitamin D is a vital part of our immune system. It regulates our consumption of calcium and phosphorus, greatly helps the development of our bones and teeth, and has been linked to reducing hair loss, especially in women. Without it, our immune system suffers and can cause many ill effects that you might not think could be cured with Vitamin D.

One of the biggest benefits that I find many people are completely unaware of is that Vitamin D is able to decrease your chances of developing heart disease. It additionally reduces your likelihood of developing the flu, may be able to reduce your risk of multiple sclerosis, and has been shown to help some people combat COVID-19.

Vitamin D is also capable of fighting fatigue and tiredness. In one of my case studies, I treated a female nurse, 43 years old who was suffering from chronic headaches and fatigue. Daily she’d push herself through long days in the operating room without a clue of why she was feeling so tired all the time.

After sufficient blood work, we discovered her Vitamin D levels were 75% lower than someone who we would consider deficient. After treating her using my Vitamin D supplement, D3 K2, her Vitamin D levels rose substantially. Just adding a supplement of Vitamin D brought her to a healthy status, and made all of her symptoms disappear.

Dealing with Aches, Pains, and Mental Wellbeing

I’ve treated many adults with chronic muscle pain, as well as children with seemingly never-ending growing pains. Unsurprisingly, 71% of them were found to have a Vitamin D deficiency.

When we feel pain like that, it is often due to a lack of Vitamin D. These things happen on a microscopic level. To go into a bit of detail; we have nerve cells called nociceptors which send the sensation of pain through our tissues. Within those nerve cells are Vitamin D receptors which are able to help diminish our pain and enable us to heal faster. 

Whether it’s growing pain in children, sprains, cuts, infections, or even the speed that wounds heal in people with diabetes, Vitamin D can help speed up that process and help you get on the mend quicker.

In a few of my patients, Vitamin D has even been shown to diminish symptoms of Fibromyalgia. This is a disease that causes widespread pain throughout the body, as well as extreme fatigue, and can affect their mood and memory. Vitamin D can help with all of those symptoms too.

Amazingly, Vitamin D has the ability to help with mental wellbeing. Patients of mine that have told me they’ve been in a state of melancholy, or that have been dealing with varying stages of depression have noticed a positive mood change, or have been able to regulate it a little better after adding a Vitamin D supplement to their regimen.

Making Sure You Get Enough

Aside from its association with milk, a lot of people know Vitamin D as the Sunshine Vitamin. This is because our bodies are able to naturally produce Vitamin D when our skin is directly exposed to sunlight. 

We can also get Vitamin D by adding certain foods to our diets like tuna, mackerel, salmon, or any of the other fatty fishes. Soy milk, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks are also good sources. And, as you know from all those commercials, you can also find it in milk or even orange juice.

Another amazing way to add Vitamin D to your diet is through supplements. These can give you a large dose of the vitamin without having to eat a boatload of fish or chugging down a large glass of milk or OJ every morning.

As I mentioned earlier, I have a Vitamin D product that I am very proud of called D3 K2. It’s a vitamin D formula with Vitamin K which has been specifically designed to have a positive impact on my patients or anyone else looking for a great dose of Vitamin D.

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