Hey Guys! Hope you are all well and staying safe. You may of guessed by the title this post is an informative post all about the benefits of Vitamin D. I will talk through it’s benefits and ways to get more Vitamins into your bodies.
We hear lots of hearsay words floating around, you need calcium, make sure you have enough iron in your diet and also the common ‘eat your 5 a day’. But sometimes Vitamin D gets missed off the list. Maybe that’s because we don’t fully know what foods contain Vitamin D? Or perhaps we don’t know the benefits of having sufficient amounts of it in our diets. Hopefully this post will help you understand and consider having more Vitamins throughout your daily meals.
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is sometimes described as the ‘Sunshine’ vitamin, as it’s the produced into your skin via the sunlight (holidays therefore are amazing for everyone!). However, Vitamin D can also be found in foods and supplements. Vitamin D has several important functions. Perhaps the most vital are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. Like with most vitamins, vitamin D helps to resist our bodies from infections, and the general colds in the winter months.
What foods contain Vitamin D?
Unsure what foods actually contain it… Don’t worry I was unsure as well before I started researching the facts! There are some keys foods which are high in Vitamin D theses are:
- Tinned Tuna
- Oily Fish – Sardines/Herring
- Egg Yolks
- Orange Juice (Fortified)
- Cows Milk (Fortified)
- Cereals and Oats (Fortified)
You may of noticed in the list above some of the foods are fortified which means they have had the vitamin added to them. From a young age I have always loved salmon and tuna, therefore I tend to have at least one tin of tuna a week or a salmon related meal.
The NHS have recently published more information regarding vitamin D supplements suggesting that adults and children over the age of one should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10mcg of vitamin D, particularly during autumn and winter. People who have a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency are being advised to take a supplement all year round, this is mainly people who aren’t exposed to the sun as regular as they should be.
Being able to purchase your Vitamins Online ensures you don’t even need to visit a pharmacy or supermarket. Which is great within todays pandemic. So why not give it a look and see how it can improve your mood, especially with SAD nearing it’s peak season in autumn and winter.
A fitness journey no matter how big or small should incorporate exercising (Cardio) along with the nutritional side of a fitness journey. Taking into account your calorie intake; the amount of macros e.g Protein % and fat % as well as ensuring your body is taking in the correct vitamin to prevent illnesses. Our bodies are amazing, so we need to ensure we look after them effectively even when trying to lose weight or improve our muscle. Vitamins are therefore a key source to enable this vitamin D being the proven vitamin to enhance protein levels through eating oily fish, eggs and salmon.
Also did you know taking calcium and vitamin D supplements helps boost weight loss?!
Recent studies have now shown that improved levels of the vitamin can help keep our immune systems healthy which also can prevent people from catching coronavirus!
I hope you have found this post informative and allows you to take more notice of the amount of vitamins you are eating. Also the amount of sunlight you are absorbing is key!
Don’t forget to check out my previous post!