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We all know that Vitamin D is important for our health and that the body needs sunlight to produce it (which actually makes it a hormone and not a vitamin, but that is beside the point).

What affects your ability to absorb sunlight and produce Vitamin D:

  • Time of year
  • Use of sunscreen
  • Elevation
  • Obesity
  • Skin color
  • General diet
  • Age
  • Time of day
  • etc.

This doesn’t make it surprising that the majority of the population in the US is actually vitamin D deficient.

Why is vitamin D important:

  • Protects against cancer
  • Important for bone health
  • Helps manage blood sugar levels
  • Improves the immune system
  • Improves mood (we’ve all heard of the winter blues, that is a vitamin D deficiency)
  • Helps with learning, concentration, and memory

Symptoms of deficiency:

  • Weakness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weak or broken bones
  • Weak immune system
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • etc.

Testing for vitamin D levels is also easy with a test called 25-hydroxy vitamin D test.

While some foods provide vitamin D, the best way to get Vitamin D is through safe sun exposure. Aim for 10-20 minutes of being out in the sun, and keep in mind all the factors that determine how much sun you are getting.

Some of the foods that contain vitamin D include: eggs, raw milk, lard, some types of fish such as sardines, salmon, cod liver oil, and halibut. As a side note, do be careful with fish as heavy metal toxins are prevalent in these.

There are many for whom supplementing is an important step to get vitamin D levels back to where they need to be.

In this case, because vitamin D should be produced by the body, it is extremely important to choose the correct supplement.

What to look for in a supplement:

  • D3 (not D2) cholecalciferol WITH vitamin K2
  • The K2 allows your body to utilize the D3 appropriately to avoid toxic buildup.
  • This is why at Health Unlimited, we prefer the product DV3 from Systemic Formulas, as they have a blend that is natural and combines everything your body needs to get maximum effect!