Vitamin D – Do we just need to get more sun?

So most of us have heard the low-down on Vitamin D.
– But there’s a few things you might not know.
For one thing, its technically a hormone and NOT a Vitamin.

Vitamin D plays a huge role in our immune system function and although our Vitamin D production is stimulated by sunlight exposure, we need a few more things to happen along with that.

Our bodies ability to convert Vitamin D into an activated form that is useable by the body can be affected by things like inflammation. Unfortunately those who have a higher body fat index, or who suffer from systemic conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, even those who are taking a few different medications can have low levels of Vitamin D.

Low Vitamin D levels contributes to a higher incidence of bone injuries and low bone density. It also has been linked to various auto-immune disorders.

Another key function of Vitamin D is in promoting healthy happy neurotransmitters. These are the chemicals that float around in our body and help our nerves relay messages between one another and basically allow our whole body to communicate. Due to this role, Vitamin D can be one of the reasons why people develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Some of you may have heard how people are more likely to be depressed in winter, and this is why! Cold winter days equals less sunlight exposure and lower Vitamin D levels.

Speak to one of our friendly Osteopaths or your healthcare practitioner if you are worried about your Vitamin D levels. They can advise you on the best brands of Vitamin D to get that good quality, ‘activated’ version that your body can utilise.

 

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