Vitamin D: What's the Big Deal?
Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins to have in your diet. Most women are deficient in it along with 70% of the Latinx community and over 80% of the African-American community!
You've probably heard that Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin, and that going outside and getting 10 minutes of sun per day should give you the Vitamin D you need, but that's not entirely true. Our lives have changed and we are typically outside fully clothed and with sunscreen on. Studies have shown that sunscreen blocks some absorption of Vitamin D, and that no Vitamin D is absorbed when clothes are worn. Which begs the question, how do we get our Vitamin D if we are protecting our skin?
There are lots of ways including whole foods such as eating fish, taking fish oil capsules, or eating fortified foods and supplements (like ESSENTIAL) and it's up to you to choose your path, but a combination of all of these things is great!
How do you know if you're Vitamin D deficient? Some symptoms are fatigue, getting sick more often, bone and back pain, and depression, but to find out for sure you'll need a blood test from your doctor.
Correct levels of Vitamin D are linked to lower levels of heart attack, heart disease, stroke and diabetes in older adults. Low levels of vitamin D can also cause pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes in expecting mothers.
We fortified our ESSENTIAL protein powder with Vitamin D to help get our doses throughout the day and to help with muscle soreness, bones strength, and overall body healing!