Vitamin D is both a nutrient we eat and a hormone our bodies make. Vitamin D also known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. A fat soluble vitamin, vitamin D helps to increase the absorption of calcium and phosphate in the gut, and is essential to keep our bones, teeth, and muscles healthy.
How Does Vitamin D Affect Our Body?
Vitamin D has multiple functions in our body which include:
In the gut vitamin D helps to increase the absorption of calcium and phosphate-both essential for healthy bones, teeth, and muscle function.
It increases the amount of minerals in your bones, which protects from a condition called osteomalacia.
Supports lung function and cardiovascular health.
Supports immune, brain, and nervous system health.
There is research that shows a significant relationship between depression and vitamin D deficiency (Cuomo, Giordano, Goracci, & Fagiolini, 2017)
How to Get Your Vitamin D Boost?
You can increase your vitamin D levels by getting more sun exposure (15-20 minutes + use sunscreen), eating foods rich in vitamin D, and/or taking supplements.
A few foods that are high in vitamin D include:
Oily Fish & Seafood (salmon, tuna, shrimp, sardines, herring and mackerel
Mushrooms (exposed to sunlight)
Fortified Foods (skim milk, whole grain bread, oats)
*If you suspect your Vitamin D levels are low please consult with your GP to get your levels checked, and do not supplement unless you have been told by a professional.
1. Cuomo, A., Giordano, N., Goracci, A., & Fagiolini, A. (2017). Depression and Vitamin D Deficiency: Causality, Assessment, and Clinical Practice Implications. Neuropsychiatry, 07(05). doi:10.4172/neuropsychiatry.1000255