If You Only Take One Vitamin…

August 5, 2015

Woman In Shade On Beach…Make it the “Sunshine” vitamin. There are lots of vitamins and minerals you should probably be supplementing your diet with, and many more that most people could benefit from. But if you are only going to take one, scientists are pretty consistent with which one: Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin because most people get there needed Vitamin D from sunshine (it’s recommended everyone get 20 minutes full body (bikini) exposure on a bright day). Despite how easy and natural it is to come by, most people are either deficient, or bordering on deficient.

For some, it’s where they live. Everyone in the UK is now supposed to start taking a supplement with Vitamin D (it’s a fairly north, fairly rainy/cloudy place to be!). For others, it’s our changing lifestyle. Laboring in front of a computer screen instead of under the sun, relaxing on the couch with Netflix instead of under the sun.

And there’s many who have good reason to avoid the sun. A lot of sun tanning and youthful adventures can take a toll on the skin, and in later decades many people need to go to greater lengths than usual to avoid further sun exposure (thicker sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats, and hugging the shade). As a side note, everyone should get yearly mole checks, whatever your age, skin color, or perceived time spent in the sun. Being low-risk for skin cancer is (almost paradoxically) a risk factor in itself because you’re less likely to check for it, see a doctor, and get it treated while there’s still time.

Why care so much about Vitamin D? There are other vitamins and minerals people are short on, but adding Vitamin D to your diet with a supplement will have a huge, noticeable impact on your health and happiness. Literally, don’t diagnose yourself with depression or anxiety until you make sure you’ve got enough Vitamin D!

Plus, Vitamin D is good for your bones, supports a healthy immune system, and so much more.

Try a high-quality supplement like Vita 1—it’s a good way to make sure you’re getting what’s on the label, and it comes with ingredients that are easier for your body to absorb than other forms.

Even if you spend a lot of time outside, fall is coming, so make sure you maintain your Vitamin D levels by starting a supplement today!

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