Have you checked your Vitamin D levels recently?
With this gloomy weather in Toronto I couldn’t help but think of the sunshine vitamin. However, did you know that Vitamin D is actually a hormone?
If you live in Canada, the vitamin D deficiency pandemic is a real thing… PANDEMIC- you read that right. Most of us are deficient.
Sunshine vitamin isn’t an overstatement: Vitamin D helps prevent/ treat depression, anxiety, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and other mood related disorders – Which can be a topic on its own.
Vitamin D also has anti-microbial properties & boosts Immune function- 67% reduction in influenza rates. It helps in Fighting bacterial and viral infections, as well as reduces respiratory infections. This is so key during these times as we have to maintain a healthy immune system with the recent pandemic of COVID-19.
Vitamin D Also:
Improves Lipid Profile- Reduction of triglycerides, LDL (bad cholesterol), increase of HDL (which is you good cholesterol).
Which brings me to the next point…
Vitamin D Reduces of all-cause mortality, especially cardiovascular events. It is also used in prevention of colon cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer and lymphoma.
Vitamin D improves insulin resistance and reduces risk of type II diabetes. Those already diagnosed with diabetes, supplementation of 1,000 IU for 12 months improved markers and reduced complications in a research study linked below.
Just when you think it cant do more for you, did you know Vitamin D enhances weight loss, improves athletic performances and strengthens your bones? Super important for osteoporosis prevention and treatment.
All hormones directly or indirectly affect each other, since Vitamin D is a hormone it is very important in pregnancy and fertility.
Some of the research on vitamin D shows: Improved egg quality pre conception, improved fertility rates, as well as helps hormone regulation, reduces the risks of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, bacterial vaginosis and pre term birth! So much more as vitamin D regulates your fertility hormones (both men and women).
Get your levels checked so that your Naturopathic Doctor / MD can prescribe you the right dose!
If you have any health concerns, or would like a proper assessment of your nutrition status- book a free consultation to discuss how Naturopathic Medicine can help you, please feel free to contact us.