Vitamin D is one of the unique vitamins that is essential to our body. It’s very difficult to get enough vitamin D from the foods you eat alone. Your body is usually able to get all the vitamin D it needs if you regularly expose enough bare skin to the sun. But what if its winter (when sunlight is not available) or its summer (that you need to put on sunscreen)?
Who are most likely Vitamin D deficient? Yes, there are group of people who are more vulnerable to vitamin D deficiency. These are the following:
- People with darker skin. The darker your skin the more sun you need to get the same amount of vitamin D as a fair-skinned person.
- People who spend a lot of time indoors during the day.
- People who cover their skin all of the time.
- People that live in the North of the United States or Canada.
- Older people have thinner skin than younger people and this may mean that they can’t produce as much vitamin D.
- Pregnant women.
- People who are very overweight (obese).
Are you in one of the above groups? If yes, there are two ways to get the Vitamin D you need: by exposing your bare skin to the sun or by taking vitamin D supplements.
What’s so special about Vitamin D? A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports that 77 percent of Americans are vitamin-D deficient. Numerous studies have shown D's crucial role in strengthening bones, fighting depression, and boosting immunity, but now, after decades of research and thousands of studies, experts may have finally proven that missing out on that one little letter could be a major factor in pushing the number on your scale higher and higher. Vitamin D even optimizes your body's ability to absorb other important weight-loss nutrients, especially calcium.
Be slimmer, stay slim. Get plenty of vitamin D!