I should know. I spent 4 months running to doctors about the pain in my foot.
After all the MRIs, XRays and medications – I found out I had a Vitamin D deficiency – and after just a few days of taking Vitamin D supplements, the pain was gone. Then I discovered that 40% of people in the US are deficient in vitamin D.
Vitamin D is an important micronutrient with major health benefits, including improved immunity and stronger bones.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that you can get from vitamin D-rich foods like salmon, herring, sardines, cod liver oil, canned tuna, oysters, shrimp, egg yolks, mushrooms. Our body is also able to make it through sun exposure.
Vitamin D is essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth, keeping your immune system healthy and facilitating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. There are also foods like milk that add vitamin D and of course there are supplements.
Remember that one of the best ways to get that vitamin D fix is getting at least 5–30 minutes of sun exposure daily.
And for those struggling with weight loss, research finds that adequate amounts of vitamin D may enhance weight loss, decrease body fat and limit weight gain.
There are several theories: Some studies show that vitamin D could potentially stop the formation of new fat cells in the body others show it could also prevent the storage of fat cells, effectively reducing fat accumulation.
Vitamin D can increase levels of serotonin, which plays a role in controlling your appetite and can increase satiety and increase the levels of testosterone.
It’s recommended that adults 19–70 years old get at least 600 IU (15 mcg) of vitamin D per day. Get a blood test and find out.