This summer has been like no other in Austin, Texas right?!
Just this morning we went for a walk at 8 am and did not come back drenched in sweat, which feels like a miracle, to say the least. The summer always reminds us to be mindful of the sunshine, its ability to burn you and nourish you. I’m talking about Vitamin D.
Fun Facts on Vitamin D
- This is the only vitamin your body makes… Spoiler alert: It’s a hormone!
- It plays a significant role in the regulation of calcium and the maintenance of phosphorus levels in the blood.
- Food sources:
Vitamin D and Your Health
Your immune system functions its best when you are getting enough Vitamin D.
Vitamin D may help decrease the inflammatory response, while increasing the immune cells’ production. Adults who have low levels of this vitamin are more likely to report having experienced a recent cold, cough, or upper respiratory tract infection. Also, there has been more research coming out with the link of low Vitamin D and COVID-19.
It has also been linked to your mood. Along with getting outside in the sunshine to boost your mood, this vitamin can also play a role in helping you to turn that low mood around. If you are struggling with depression, it could help to have your levels checked by your healthcare provider.
Vitamin D has many benefits for the human body. Whether you get it through sunlight, diet, supplements, or a combination of all three, make sure you are receiving enough of this nutrient. It’s an important part of overall health.
If you could use some help on how to add in your needed sources for this vitamin, please contact us today to meet with one of our dietitians.
Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties.
She is the owner and founder of I Live Well Nutrition her Dietitian practice which started in 2007 and serves clients in the Austin, Texas area in two locations. Fearless Practitioners, the division of her business that offers training to dietitians and wellness professionals.