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Vitamin D and Weight Loss

Most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, yet more and more studies are revealing its vital importance. This amazing vitamin helps prevent osteoporosis, depression, cancer, diabetes, obesity and more. Vitamin D prevents osteoporosis, depression, prostate cancer and breast cancer, and may prevent or delay the onset of diabetes and obesity. Vitamin D is perhaps the single most underrated nutrient in the world of nutrition. That’s probably because it’s free; your body makes it when sunlight touches your skin, and all you need is 5-10 min. of direct sunlight per day to encourage healthy production in your body.

Natural News reports that “a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota found that overweight people have better success in losing weight when their vitamin D levels are increased. Vitamin D, in conjunction with calcium and sunlight, helps to properly assimilate food and regulate normal blood sugar levels. When there is a lack of calcium, oftentimes due to a vitamin D deficiency, the body increases production of synthase, a fatty acid enzyme that coverts calories into fat. Calcium vitamind-sources-2deficiency can cause synthase production to increase by up to 500 percent, explaining the correlation between low levels of vitamin D and obesity.”

When combined with a clean eating approach to nutrition and lifestyle, more and more studies are showing that vitamin D supplementation helps to promote increased weight loss among those whose levels are low to begin with. If you suspect you may be low in Vitamin D, supplementation and direct sunlight may benefit your weight loss efforts. And of course, food also plays an important role!

Healthy Food Sources of Vitamin D

  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Mushrooms
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Eggs Yolks
  • Sardines

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The Importance of Vitamin D

There’s a lot of talk about Vitamin D. Even though many Americans don’t get the recommended daily dose, most people don’t know why it’s important, how it helps the body function, and what you can do to make sure you’re getting enough.

In a nutshell, these are the health benefits of adequate Vitamin D:

  • Boosts the Immune System
  • Helps the body fight infections
  • Improves mental health                                                       vitamin-d-sun
  • Helps reduce inflammation
  • Prevents osteoporosis and fractures
  • Boosts mood
  • Prevents autoimmune diseases
  • Promotes calcium absorption from food
  • Protection against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
  • Reduces risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes

So what you can do if you’re not getting enough Vitamin D? In lieu of taking a tropical vacation and laying on the beach all day–which is highly recommended if you can swing it!–aim for 5 to 10 minutes of unfiltered sunlight daily, (but don’t forget to protect your face) and add these vitamin D rich foods into your daily diet:

Food Sources:

  • Wild Caught Salmon
  • Shitake Mushrooms
  • Organic Eggs
  • Cod Liver Oil

If you suspect you’re drastically low in Vitamin D, talk with your doctor. Your doctor can suggest blood tests and/or specific supplements that can help you meet your daily needs.

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