The sun is shining (finally) in Scotland, which has us thinking about the importance of Vitamin D for our minds and bodies. It has many functions in the body which keep us happy and healthy. Mostly, vitamins like this keep the nervous system working how it should, which has an impact on how different parts of your body communicate, including interpreting pain signals.
Our bodies are complex, but the goal of chiropractic is to ensure the brain and body connection remains strong. The brain body connection is key to a healthy life, you can read more about that here. So we know that Vitamin D is good for us, but how do we get more into our bodies? Here are our top tips.
What does Vitamin D do?
Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These are nutrients which we need to keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy. A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain caused by a condition called osteomalacia in adults.
How to get more?
There are plenty of ways to ensure you’re getting enough Vitamin D into your system so that your body can communicate with your brain. The most famous way, of course, is exposure to the sun. The body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin when outdoors. Therefore, you should get enough in the spring and summer months from just taking the time to be outdoors in nature.
However, if you can’t always rely on the sunshine where you live, or you’re reading this in the winter months, there are other ways to get plenty of it.
Plenty of foods contain Vitamin D such as oily fish, red meat, egg yolks as well as fortified foods such as breakfast cereals.
How much do I need?
Adults need around 10 micrograms of Vitamin D per day. If you are eating the foods mentioned above or even supplementing it into your diet – you shouldn’t have to worry about meeting your daily requirements.
As we mentioned earlier, the best and easiest way to access this vitamin is from the sun. So remember to take time to be outside – and remember to take precautions to make sure you don’t burn your skin. We want to harness the sun’s good energy!