November may not be the sunniest month of the year, but it’s the perfect time to be thinking about the ‘sunshine vitamin’, vitamin D. So much so, that November 2nd has been named Vitamin D Day to spread awareness of vitamin D deficiency. Your skin produces vitamin D naturally when exposed to strong sunlight, and obtaining sufficient amounts of this powerful nutrient is crucial to maintaining healthy bones and teeth. It can also reduce the risk of respiratory infections (like colds), regulate mood, and help prevent various chronic health conditions. What’s more, vitamin D plays an essential role in calcium absorption, helping your body utilize this important mineral.
Shorter, more overcast days—coupled with cold Canadian winters that keep us indoors—mean that we’re exposed to less sunlight at this time of year. This reduced exposure can lower our vitamin D levels, leading to an array of potential problems. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increased rates of conditions such as osteoporosis and certain cancers, while chronic deficiency is associated with diseases such as rickets. In addition to people living in northern latitudes, seniors, people with darker skin, vegans and those on a low-protein diet are also at an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency.
Dietary sources of vitamin D include foods such as fatty fish, beef liver and egg yolks. However, the number of foods containing the vitamin is limited, so make sure you’re getting enough by taking a high-quality supplement. Sisu Vitamin D (1000 IU) is a good choice: It contains 1,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D, the maximum allowed in a Canadian supplement. The tiny, fast-dissolving tablets can be chewed, swallowed whole or dissolved under the tongue or in any liquid.
There’s no better time of year to consider a ‘sunshine vitamin’ supplement. Talk to your doctor about whether taking 1000 IUs of vitamin D a day is right for you. And for more information, go to sisu.com.