What’s your Vitamin D level?

What is vitamin D and why does it matter?

The basics:

  • Vitamin D3 is the active form

  • The sun’s rays hit your skin and start the conversion of vitamin D from its precursor to its active form (hence the idea of getting a dose of vitamin D from being in the sun)

  • In New England, the angle of the sun during the colder part of the year makes it difficult to get any vitamin D benefit from being outside during this time

  • For most people, food sources of vitamin D are not going to get you a therapeutic dose to significantly increase your vitamin D level

  • Vitamin D can increase overall feeling of energy

  • Vitamin D can help improve mood

  • Vitamin D can be supportive for Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • Vitamin D supports healthy immune function

  • Vitamin D is important for thyroid function

  • Vitamin D is involved in a variety of physiological pathways in your body

  • Vitamin D is actually a hormone, not a vitamin (“hormone D” sounds a little more intense, eh?)

This is a great time of year to get your vitamin D level checked and address it as appropriate.

  • Check with your naturopathic doctor for more information, assessment and optimization.

May you be well 🙂

The information provided here is not intended to replace medical advice or to treat or diagnose any medical condition. Please consult your doctor with specific questions and prior to beginning any significant diet or lifestyle changes.