Your Guide to Vitamin D

Sycamore Integrated Health

Vitamins are essential nutrients that are vital for our bodies. They support and improve the function of our metabolism and overall health.

One of the most important vitamins for its role in boosting and regulating immune function, as well as supporting healthy bones and teeth is vitamin D.

Vitamin D Benefits

This key vitamin improves our immune system functionality and may help to lower the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. It is also needed for calcium absorption, making it crucial for bone strength and integrity.

While vitamin D plays an important role in our overall health, not everyone may be receiving its benefits. According to studies by the National Library of Medicine, 40% of people living in the U.S. are getting insufficient amounts of vitamin D – an unfortunate situation, says Dr. Weston Loder at Sycamore Integrated Health.

“It is one of the vitamins we tend to be most deficient in. People with insufficient levels of vitamin D are at a higher risk for many chronic diseases and the chance for acute illness like upper respiratory tract infections.”

While you can boost your vitamin D in several ways, your body produces it naturally, too. Vitamin D is produced as a response to exposure to the sun.

“The great thing about vitamin D is that we have an unlimited free supply from the sun!” Dr. Loder continues. “Getting outside and exposing as much skin as possible is the best way to ensure your body is producing sufficient levels.”

Foods Rich in Vitamin D

Aside from sunlight, there are certain foods that are rich in vitamin D. These include:

  • Egg yolks (organic, pasture-raised are the best option)
  • Mushrooms
  • Cod liver oil with vitamins A and D (offered at Sycamore Integrated Health)
  • Wild caught salmon, sardines, and mackerel
  • Oatmeal
  • Avocados

This is just an overview to help you understand the function and benefits of Vitamin D, one of the most important micronutrients our bodies need.

For more information or questions on how integrated health practices can help keep your diet and nutrition on track, visit www.sycamoreintegratedhealth.com or call 815-895-3354.

Sycamore Integrated Health

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Sycamore, IL 60178

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