Vitamin D is pretty important at this time of the year if you are living in the midst of winter. Your body produces vitamin D naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight. You can also get it through certain foods and supplements to ensure adequate levels of the vitamin in your blood.
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.
In addition to its primary benefits, research suggests that vitamin D may also play a role in:
- reducing your risk of multiple sclerosis
- decreasing your chance of developing heart disease
- helping to reduce your likelihood of developing the flu
Research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression.
The symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency in adults include:
- tiredness, aches and pains, and a general sense of not feeling well
- severe bone or muscle pain or weakness that may cause difficulty climbing stairs or getting up from the floor or a low chair
- stress fractures, especially in your legs, pelvis, and hips
So, here at Fearless we recommend that when the sun is shining, you get out there and get as much as you can. Rug up and get out for a walk, get out on the slopes or simply get out in the garden. If you are in need of some activewear for those colder days, come in and see us or visit us online, www.fearlesswanaka.nz