Ingredient Spotlight: Vitamin D
As we step into those colder months, we all really need to know everything we can about Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in only a few foods and is made endogenously when the UV rays from sunlight come into contact with the skin and trigger vitamin D production. In actuality, vitamin D is a steroid. We can save it up in our bodies, but often we don't have enough year-round. Why is it so important and why is it in both of our supplements? Let's talk about these all too important whys.
Benefits of Vitamin D
Vitamin D has a lot of important functions, one of the most well-known being the formation of strong, healthy bones, teeth, and muscles, by regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. Vitamin D also decreases the risk of multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and the flu. From a mental health perspective, vitamin D regulates mood and wards off depression according to some studies. Vitamin D has also been shown to help people lose weight by helping suppress appetite.
Let’s Talk About Vitamin D Deficiency
Nearly one billion people worldwide have a vitamin D deficiency. Even though we live in a developed nation, a staggering forty-two percent of Americans are just not getting enough vitamin D. How is this possible? Blame our diet and lack of exposure to sunshine for our bottom-of-the-barrel lows on this critical vitamin.
Why We Microdose Vitamin D and How We Use It
Taking too much of anything is rarely a good idea, but when it comes to vitamins and supplements, sometimes taking too much can be dangerous. Vitamin D, while a vitamin very deficient for so many people, can be taken to toxic levels. The ceiling that can be safely taken daily, according to Harvard Health, is 4,000 IU; however, most people generally supplement between 600-800 IU that is most often recommended for the average adult.
Vitamin D taken in larger than recommended amounts can cause several serious side effects such as nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, weakness, weight loss, confusion, kidney damage, heart rhythm problems, and disorientation. We add vitamin D to both our Calm and Unwind supplements to ease anxiety and improve brain function. Used together, Calm can help you tackle your day, while an Unwind every night will help you wind down and settle into sleepy time.
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