Here comes the Sun!

Hello, beautiful!

It is so good to wake up to light and bright days, isn’t it amazing how different life looks when it is bathed in sunshine?

There is more to it than just providing us with a sunnier picture; an opportunity presents to allow us to fill up on vitamin D. Our bodies need a range of nutrients to be able to function well and micronutrients (mainly vitamins and minerals) are the little beauties that serve us and provide us with optimal health and vitality, preventing illness and disease.

Therefore, you will not be surprised to know that a deficiency of vitamin D can cause problems, however this little vitamin/hormone support is needed for so many bodily functions that studies have found correlations with a myriad of health issues including MS, the flu, heart disease, bacterial or yeast overgrowth, hormonal imbalances – particularly thyroid and adrenals, affecting our mood in a big way as well as our metabolism!

Having enough vitamin D will also ensure a good immunity, allowing your body to prevent illness and disease, you will notice improvements in mood (this is a crucial micronutrient for emotional health), also positively affecting your digestive system. So, if you are feeling better with the appearance of the sun this week, this is likely to be one of the reasons.

How to make sure you get enough vitamin D

The reason we call this the sunshine vitamin is because this is the best source, just 15-20 minutes of sun exposure to hands and face even when it is cold is ideal. Food sources include oily fish and eggs. If you are deficient in vitamin D, it is a good idea to top up in the short term with a high-quality D3 supplement (Nutri advanced have the drops normal strength and a high strength capsule for under £10 – see the homepage for a link to order or contact me for more information). Take supplements with coconut oil, avocado or nut butter, this will help you absorb the vitamin D more effectively as it is a fat-soluble vitamin.
A few things you need to know about absorbing vitamin D

It is not always as simple as consuming the correct foods and being outside taking in the beautiful sunshine. We also now know that exposure to chemicals and toxins affect the way we absorb and create vitamin D. You can help prevent this by using BPA-free plastics and reducing your exposure to toxic substances e.g. utilising a reverse osmosis water filter.

Check the free nutrient assessment on the site to gain an idea as to any micronutrient deficiencies you may have. Complete this and you can access food guides to make sure you are consuming the correct food sources.

Have a wonderful day!

lots of love and health,

Kelly x

 

References

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17179460
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18180395?dopt=Citation

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20219962

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12757166

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23636546

 

 

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