As we nestle into winter, it’s important to keep safe and healthy during cold and flu season. Along with eating a whole foods diet and staying active, you should also make supplementing with Vitamin D a priority.
What’s the big deal about Vitamin D?
We asked this very same question in a previous post, and have sung its praises several times since (See: Greening the Womb Intro and Making Healthy Babies in a Toxic World: A Call to Action!).
To rehash, mounting research shows that Vitamin D plays a crucial role in our overall health. Look no further than the Vitamin D Council whose site is chock full of up-to-date research on how the sunshine vitamin reduces the likelihood of and mitigates risks associated with the following health issues:
|– Cancers of many kinds||– Mental health & learning disorders|
|– Cardiovascular diseases||– Musculoskeletal|
|– Congenital, hereditary and neonatal disorders||– Neurological conditions|
|– Diabetes and endocrine diseases||– Oral health issues|
|– Hematologic diseases||– Respiratory conditions|
|– Infections and autoimmunity||– Skin disorders|
|– Kidney diseases|
Vitamin D is also one of the key ingredients for a healthy pregnancy because it helps to prevent intrauterine growth retardation, premature labor, preeclampsia, hypertension, low birth weight, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and much more.
Just think about it, with sufficient Vitamin D levels, you and your baby have a greater chance of maintaining total health while decreasing the risk of harmful disease.
Why is winter prime time to stock up on Vitamin D supplements?
In short, during the winter months in much of the US the sun is angled at the earth in such a way that its rays become less intense and less direct. What this means is that our bodies are unable to produce adequate Vitamin D, therefore increasing our risk for deficiency at this time of year (~October to March in SF).
How can you boost your Vitamin D levels?
Taking supplements is the best way to make sure you and your child are Vitamin D sufficient. We recommend that all pregnant and nursing mothers have their vitamin D levels checked so that we can design a custom supplementation plan based on their needs. You can also check out the Mayo Clinic’s Vitamin D Dosage page for recommendations based on age and ailment.
Give us a call at 415.826.1701 to discuss how we might customize your vitamin D supplementation.
From all of us at GetzWell, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season.