Vitamin D... It's More Important Than You Think

Vitamin D... It's More Important Than You Think

By Handstand Trainer, Pete Neumann

Vitamin D. Not only is it more important than you think but also, most of us don't get enough.

You probably already know that Vitamin D is needed to maintain healthy bones, teeth, skin, and hair.

 

But did you know that low Vitamin D levels have been linked to various forms of cancer?

  • Breast
  • Colon
  • Prostate
  • Ovarian
  • Esophagus
  • Lymphatic System

But good news!  Vitamin D supplements have been used to treat and prevent:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Schizophrenia
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Also, Vitamin D Reduces your Risks of:

  • Getting the Flu
  • Contracting Type II Diabetes
  • Breast, Colon, Prostate, Ovarian, Esophagus and Lymphatic Cancer

There are plenty of other benefits, but that's enough to convince you, right?

If you live in a cool or cold place, it is nearly impossible to get enough Vitamin D from sun exposure alone during the winter months. Take your Vitamin D supplements if this pertains to you especially. Many Vitamin D researchers suggest that you take in 1,000 IUs of D3 every day. 

Steps You Can Take:

The two most reliable ways to boost your Vitamin D level are to get more direct sunlight exposure and take vitamin D3 supplements. Eating foods rich in vitamin D can help, but it is less effective. Smaller amounts of Vitamin D are in fortified milk and other foods, fatty fish, and eggs. 

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Foods Rich in Vitamin D:

  • Salmon
  • Herring
  • Catfish
  • Oysters
  • Mackerel
  • Sardines
  • Steelhead Trout

It's important to choose your fish carefully to avoid any species that may have high levels of mercury.  For more information, visit the Exposure to Chemicals in Food 

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Taking 1 to 3 teaspoons of cod liver oil per day as a supplement can also help fulfill your vitamin D requirements. Still, most people don't like the taste of cod liver oil, so you may want to try these other fortified foods (though they have lower levels of vitamin D):

  • Milk
  • Some yogurt (read the label to see if it says "fortified with vitamin D")
  • Some orange juice (read the label to see if it says "fortified with vitamin D")
  • Some soy milk (read the label to see if it says "fortified with vitamin D")
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Remember you can always get a good 60 minutes in the sun during your Handstand workout- especially since summer is just around the corner! 

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