Your body is a machine.
Sure, it’s a mystery of science, a biological force to be reckoned with. But at the end of the day, your body’s a wonderful machine. And it’s programmed to keep you healthy.
But, the responsibility of keeping you healthy shouldn’t be your body’s alone. You’ve got to help your body help you. You’ve got to be proactive. And one of the best ways to keep the machine running is by fueling it with vitamins and nutrients.
Like a car, your body can run on fumes for a bit, but it will inevitably break down. And no one wants their body to end up stranded alongside life’s highway. So, give your body the fuel it needs – give your body vitamin D. But what is vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that travels through your bloodstream to be stored in your tissues. It’s also the only vitamin your body can make on its own.
But if you’re not getting enough sun or vitamin D-rich foods (like egg yolks, shitake mushrooms or wild-caught salmon), you’ve got to supplement with other sources of vitamin D. Because your body needs D so your liver can push it into your bloodstream and your kidneys can transform it into calcitriol. That’s when vitamin D can promote calcium absorption by your blood, bones, and stomach.
Bottom line? Vitamin D helps cells in your body grow and supports the health of your bones, digestive tract, heart, and immune system.
Since the body is able to manufacture its own vitamin D (with a little help from the sun) you’d think that vitamin D deficiency would be a rare occurrence. But Vitamin D deficiency affects plenty of people, especially because we use so much sunscreen to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Here are 10 signs that you may need more vitamin D.