Vitamin D: the sunshine vitamin. Everyone loves a little bit of sunshine, and we all know that too much time spent in the sun can have negative consequences, but did you know that there are a number of great health benefits that can come from spending the right amount of time under the sun? Here are the top 5 reasons that you should be getting more vitamin D.
1. Stronger Bones and Teeth
Vitamin D has not only been proven to help with regular development of bones and teeth in children, teens, and young adults, but is also a proven mechanism for ensuring the strength of your bones and teeth. Vitamin D helps increase calcium absorption which increases overall mineral density in your bones and teeth.
2. Mood Regulation and Mental Health Benefits
Not only does vitamin D help regulate and stabilize your mood, it also has many positive mental health benefits such as decreasing symptoms of depression. Furthermore, getting enough vitamin D can help with mood changes, fatigue, forgetfulness, anxiety, and trouble sleeping.
3. Healthy Pregnancy
A high amount of vitamin D during pregnancy can help minimize risk and make for a better experience overall. Studies have shown that women who are getting enough vitamin D during pregnancy are much less likely to experience any complications including gestational diabetes, preterm birth, infection, and high blood pressure.
4. Heightened Immune System
Vitamin D has a number of direct effects on your immune system which ultimately determine how susceptible your body is to infection and disease. Vitamin D plays a large role in not only protective health but also preventative health. Research has shown that vitamin D deficiency can be directly linked to increased risk of autoimmune disorders such as Type 1 Diabetes as well as Multiple Sclerosis.
5. Increased Heart Health
Like any other muscle, the heart also has receptors for vitamin D. Both immune and inflammatory cells in the heart are regulated by vitamin D, and arteries are able to stay more flexible and relaxed which helps reduce the risk of high blood pressure. People with significantly low levels of vitamin D are twice more at risk at having a cardiovascular event (heart attack, stroke, etc.) than those who have high levels of vitamin D.
So whether its stronger bones, mental health benefits a healthy pregnancy or health heart, it sounds like theres not such thing as too much Vitamin D! So get out there and enjoy the sunshine, your mind and body will thank you later!
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