We’ve all heard of the importance of vitamins. Vitamin C is the one that comes to my mind the most as boffins bang on about it all the time. But perhaps one vitamin that is often overlooked is Vitamin D. This vital vitamin as we most knows comes mostly in the form the sun and so we think that its taken care of. But with the sun only making only a few appearances in the UK, (need we be reminded?!!) we could be lacking in it. However, its importance should not be underestimated as those deficient in it can suffer from a multitude of diseases including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and chronic disease to mention a few not to mention wreaking havoc on your weight loss goals.
Battle of the bulge
As we know there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration when getting rid of excess of fat in our bodies, like eating sensibly and exercising. But the lack of vitamin D has also been linked to people battling with their weight loss. Obesity has been associated with vitamin D deficiency. One study I was reading about recently found that overweight people have a better success in losing weight when their vitamin D levels are increased. Basically the researcher who led the study, placed 38 obese men and women on a diet program and discovered that those whose vitamin D levels were increased lost up to a half pound more than those who followed the
diet plan only. I know this may seem miniscule, but think about the bigger
picture – the more weight you have to lose the quicker you will be able to do
it if you have adequate vitamin D levels. Besides, as I’ve mentioned above,
people deficient in this vitamin are linked all sorts of other serious
illnesses so upping your intake of it can only be a good thing!
So where do you get it from?
Pick up any book, or look online, and you’ll read that ten minutes of daily exposure to the sun will supply us with all the vitamin D that we need. But with our kind of lifestyles when most of us cooped up in the office (typically that’s when the sun comes out anyway!) it’s actually difficult to obtain even a minimal amount of the stuff with a brief foray into the sunlight. Having said that, the more time you spend outdoors the better. And with the glorious weather we have been getting recently, it would be rude
not to take advantage of the great outdoors! Go for a walk, a hike at the weekend, or have a picnic (a healthy one mind you) in the park.
Vitamin D is also found in a small amount of food. Some good sources are:
Oily fish such as salmon and sardines
Fortified fat spreads
Fortified breakfast cereals
What about supplements?
I’m not a doctor so I can’t advise you on supplements as such. However, if you are concerned that you aren’t getting enough then you should consult your GP for advice and he or she will be able to tell you what supplements and how much you should take.
How much vitamin D do you need?
Health guidelines are that you don’t need vitamin D in your diet everyday that’s because any vitamin D your body does not need immediately is stored away for future use. But most people should be able to get the adequate amounts by following a balanced diet and plenty of sunshine.
I prefer it the natural way! Get out in the great outdoors, keep an eye on your diet and your there! Hello sunshine! 🙂