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  • Writer's picturePreeti Bansal Kshirsagar

It's summer! Do I need Vitamin D supplement?

Vitamin D, the "sunshine vitamin," is a vital nutrient that not only adds a sunny touch to our lives but also plays a crucial role in our overall health and well-being. Let's dive into some fun facts about Vitamin D!

  1. Sunlight & Food: Vitamin D is produced primarily by our skin when exposed to sunlight. Small amounts of Vitamin D can also be found in fatty fish and egg yolk.

  2. Mood Booster: Vitamin D contributes to the production of serotonin, the happiness neurotransmitter, which can uplift your spirits.

  3. Strong Bones: This superhero vitamin helps our bodies absorb calcium, essential for building strong bones and preventing brittleness.

  4. Immunity Defender: Vitamin D supports our immune system, aiding in fighting off bacteria and viruses.

  5. Quality Sleep: Studies suggest a link between Vitamin D deficiency and poor sleep quality, making it important for a good night's rest.

Wondering if you're making enough Vitamin D? Well, once you start venturing significantly north from the equator, it seems like the Sun goes on a vitamin D vacation! It's like the Sun is saying, "Nope, too far! I'm taking a break!" So, if you find yourself living above, let's say, 37 degrees north of the equator, be prepared to chase that elusive vitamin D like it's the world's slowest game of hide-and-seek. 37 Degree north! that seems pretty high? Well my friend! If you live at the same latitude or north of these cities you're already there: Louisville KY, Athens GA and San Francisco CA On top of this, sunscreen is a double-edged sword. On a bright Cincinnati day, you step outside, feeling the warmth of the sun on your face, and you think, "I'm getting all the Vitamin D I need today!" But then your inner voice chimes in, "Wait, did I apply sunscreen?" On one hand, the sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV rays, but on the other hand, it's like a Vitamin D shield, blocking the sun as well as our friend Vitamin D!

So, dear summer adventurer, enjoy the sun, and remember that the tricky thing about summer is figuring out if you need a little Vitamin D supplement or if you're already bathing in it. Seek the wisdom of a healthcare professional, get your Vitamin D tested and make sure that you're in the middle of the range - neither too high, nor too low. Ask them to help you figure out the right supplement dosage and enjoy your good health!

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