by Jamie Sylvester, Ultimate Spark! Coaching Graduate & Certified Health Coach
Summer is literally just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited as I absolutely love summer!!
Did you know that sun exposure may improve not only your mental health but also your athletic performance?
In addition to supplementation and food consumption, Vitamin D is produced naturally when your body is directly exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D helps strengthen your bones, which can prevent bone fractures and chronic muscle pain.
Here are 3 more surprising benefits of Vitamin D..
1. Vitamin D Boosts Weight Loss
Consider adding vitamin D supplements to your diet if you’re trying to lose weight or prevent heart disease.
Studies have shown that people taking a daily calcium and vitamin D supplement were able to lose more weight than those taking a placebo supplement. The scientists said the extra calcium and vitamin D had an appetite-suppressing effect.
2. Vitamin D Reduces Depression
Research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression.
In one study, scientists found that people with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed an improvement in their symptoms.
3. Vitamin D Fights Disease
Research has been shown that it can help reduce your risk of getting multiple sclerosis, decrease your risk for developing heart disease and reduce your risk for developing the flu.
There are not that many food sources that contain vitamin D naturally. It is for this reason that some foods have been fortified, meaning that they have had vitamin D added.
4. Some of these foods that contain vitamin D are as follows:
orange juice (fortified)
It can be hard to get enough vitamin D each day through sun exposure and food alone, so taking vitamin D supplements can help.
How much sun is required for optimal wellness and athletic performance? It depends on your skin tone. Darker skin tones require more time in the sun to produce optimum amounts of vitamin D than that of paler skin.
Hence, reaching your optimal wellness and performance goals requires time inside and outside of the gym!
Just don’t forget your sunscreen!
With Love and Gratitude,
Certified Health & Life Coach
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