Vitamin D: A Love Story

As a Health Coach, people are always asking me which supplements I recommend; the short answer is as follows:

  • multi-vitamin
  • vitamin B
  • omega-3
  • probiotic
  • + additional vitamin D3 (when I refer to “vitamin D” throughout this post, D3 is it)

Please keep in mind that not all vitamins are created equal.  I’d tell you to hop over to your local drug store to buy brands x, y or z, but the truth is that lots of them contain all sorts of fillers and other artificial junk.

So, after lots of due diligence on my part, I chose to partner with Shaklee (which I’ve mentioned in numerous posts) because of the company’s integrity – always safe, always works and always green.  You can’t beat the quality folks.  But, I digress…

Every day I take Shaklee Vitalizer for Women.  It contains all of the essentials I listed above with no added artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives.  Plus, it’s gluten-free.

vitamin d, aka the "sunshine vitamin"

vitamin d, aka the “sunshine vitamin” + my vitalizer

As you probably also noticed I add a vitamin D supplement to my recommendation, and I’m about to get into the why.  But first, you may be thinking that you get plenty of vitamin D and there’s no point to adding extra, let alone take a multi-vitamin in the first place.  It’s important for me to note that 80% of Americans has suboptimal levels of vitamin D and that you could be one of them!

A little FYI/disclaimer before we continue on – the recommended dosage is 600 IU/day; be sure not to exceed 4,000 IU – it’s always important to speak with your doctor as well.

You’re at a higher risk for insufficient D levels if you:

  • are age 50 or older
  • live farther from the equator
  • are overweight or obese
  • don’t exercise regularly
  • have darker skin pigmentation

Inadequate D levels can happen for a variety of reasons, one of which is lack of sun exposure.  We produce vitamin D when sunlight hits our skin, but with working long hours in the office (especially in the winter – it’s like you get to work and leave when it’s dark) and wearing sunscreens, it inhibits vitamin D synthesis.  Unfortunately we can’t counteract our lack of sunlight production with diet alone, though I’ll be sure to mention some vitamin D rich foods for your viewing pleasure shortly.

First, let’s really get into why I love this vitamin and you should too.

Vitamin D: A Love Story

In recent studies it has been shown that vitamin D can:

  • help support healthy, heart function
  • help promote immune health
  • facilitate healthy cell development
  • aid in calcium absorption for maintaining strong bones and teeth (it’s important to take vitamin D with your highest fat content meal of the day for optimal absorption)
  • help promote a healthy brain (new study on how low vitamin D can cause damage to the brain – check out the article here)
  • help you sleep better

Vitamin D Rich Foods:

  • some fish, such as salmon or swordfish
  • fortified dairy milk
  • fortified OJ
  • fortified cereals
  • egg yolk

Sooo many health benefits from this one little vitamin.  We only have this one body that we’re stuck with after all , so we might as well keep it as healthy as we can.  Adding D certainly can’t hurt!

Quick sources shout out to Shaklee (click there if you want to check out Shaklee’s Vitamin D!) and WebMD!

Do you take a vitamin D supplement?

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