As we head toward another amazing Minnesota sunnier, one of the many things to look forward to is a Vitamin D boost from all the sunshine!
According to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin )meaning there is a limit to how much is healthy). It’s found in many foods and added to other foods, but ultraviolet rays from the sun also start internal synthesis.
The primary functions of Vitamin D in the body are to help absorb calcium, prevent muscle cramps and spasms, and keep bones sturdy. Low Vitamin D levels have been linked to osteoporosis and rickets.
Vitamin D has also been shown to lower our risk of illnesses and autoimmune issues. According to CentreSpring MD. Vitamin D also plays a direct role in how our bodies release insulin, which is a factor in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Finally, depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder have been scientifically linked to low Vitamin D levels, so this nutrient plays a crucial role in our mental health.
The best way to get some natural Vitamin D is to be out in the sun without sunscreen for up to 15 minutes, letting the UVB rays soak in and jumpstart the healing!