Vitamin D or the good old Sunshine vitamin is actually produced by YOUR body in response to sun exposure. Despite its name, Vitamin D is actually something called a pro-hormone or steroid. While it is best to get your D from exposure to the sun, as we age the body slows its production of vitamin D and declining estrogen levels during the menopausal transition can also bring about symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.
How do I know if I am getting enough? Well recent studies reported by NCBI have concluded that vitamin D deficiency is a global epidemic.
Symptoms of insufficient Vitamin D –
- Weak and painful bones / back
- Slow wound healing
- Hair loss
- Muscle pain
- Chronic illness
Prolonged deficiency can result in –
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease
- Vitamin D deficiency can contribute to the development of certain cancers, specifically breast, prostate, and colon cancers.
Here are 2 of my favorite supplement sources of this important steroid.
Garden of Life chewable and VEGAN vitamin D3. This one you can easily get your kids to take as well and this vitamin is super important during the growth phase of life. Raspberry lemon flavor goes down easy.
Harvest Health Brand Vitamin D-3. This one comes in a soft gel cap. 5000 IU so 1 per day will do you.
So get outside and get some sun daily, 15-20 minutes each day. And don’t be afraid to supplement here to ensure your body is getting what it needs to maintain good health.