Benefits of Vitamin D: Healthy Skin, Weight Loss, and Better Moods
Are you getting enough vitamin D? It’s essential for bone health, healthy skin and overall wellness. Some common food sources include milk, egg yolks, liver and fish. It is also naturally produced in our body but it must be activated by the sun.
Most people receive the majority of their vitamin D from the body’s absorption of UV rays. But if you are wearing sunscreen(which you should be) it reduces your skin’s ability to produce vitamin D by 90 to 99 percent. Nonetheless, sun exposure is the last thing we want if we want to maintain a healthy and radiant complexion.
The sun can worsen skin conditions such as acne, sensitivity, hyperpigmentation, and of course accelerate aging of the skin.
A safer, “skin friendly” way to increase your vitamin D level is to take an oral supplement. According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, 77% of Americans are vitamin D deficient. You can easily have your levels checked by your doctor.
They will administer a simple blood test called 25-hydroxy vitamin D, or 25-OH D. I just recently discovered that people of color tend to be more deficient in vitamin D because we have more melanin in our skin. This decreases the absorption of the sun resulting in lower vitamin D levels.
Additional “D” Benefits:
Adequate vitamin D is not only beneficial to our skin but also to our waist line. This essential vitamin signals receptors in our bodies to burn fat instead of store it. It also helps to send messages to our brain to keep hunger and cravings under control.
Plus, it helps our bodies to absorb another important nutrient, calcium. Studies have also shown that lack of calcium in the diet can contribute to weight gain as well.
Our brain needs vitamin D to increase the levels of the mood-elevating chemical serotonin. Low levels are associated with the “winter blues”. I used to get this every December without fail.
So, vitamin D is certainly not the miracle cure but definitely a key player for healthy skin and overall wellness.
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Tasha Nelson is a registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a total wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. Nurses spend the majority of their time serving others but often put themselves on the “back burner”. It is possible to be a night shift nurse and feel good and look great!