What is Vitamin D
Vitamin D is an essential factor for good overall health and strong bones. It is one of the main elements in ensuring your muscles, heart, lungs and brain work well so your body is able to fight off infection. There are different variations of vitamin D but D3 is the main source which is most beneficial towards the human body. This is different from other vitamins because the human body has the ability to produce this on its own. Vitamin D is produced under the skin from direct sun exposure to sunlight.
Vitamin D holds many benefits to a person’s overall health. Some of the main benefits have been listed below:
Good for the immune system which helps the body fight off infection.
Improves your muscle function
Improves the overall health of your heart giving you improved cardiovascular function and better circulation.
Improves respiratory system, giving you overall healthier lungs and airways.
Promotes brain development.
Good for bone health and teeth.
Sources of Vitamin D
The most efficient way of getting Vitamin D is through direct exposure to sunlight, however, this is not always possible due to cooler climates. Other ways of getting your much needed Vitamin D is through the use of sunbeds or through foods which are rich in Vitamin D. For example;
Cod liver oil
Different types of fish – (Trout, Tuna, Salmon or Mackerel)
Dairy foods/drinks – (cheese, Soya milk, yoghurt)
Fruit – (Mangoes, peaches, apricots and avocado)
Vegetables – (Mushrooms, peppers, broccoli)
Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency is when your body is not producing enough Vitamin D to have a positive impact on your health and keep your body functioning the way it should be. Having a lack of vitamin D is mainly down to the location of where you live. The further away from the equator you are, the weaker the sun rays and the ability to trigger Vitamin D. During the winter period there are less hours of daylight and the sun is not as strong as it would in the summer due to cold weather and shorter days. If your body isn’t producing enough of this “Sunshine Vitamin” then it can have a negative impact on your health and can put you at a greater risk of developing diabetes, heart disease or weight gain.
What are the Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency?
There are various symptoms of being Vitamin D deficient, the main ones are;
Often suffering from the cold or flu
Tiredness or fatigue
Bone and muscle pain
How sunbeds can help with Vitamin D production?
Sun exposure is the most natural way to produce the vital hormone vitamin D. Just as sunbeds are a good alternative to the real deal for getting a tan, they can also help you get the vitamin D your body craves. Using a sunbed for as little as 6 minutes can give you around 4000 units of Vitamin D, which is the equivalent to over 40 glasses of milk! The use of sunbeds can also drastically improve serotonin levels, this is a mood enhancing hormone which helps overcome tiredness and combat depression.
So if you want to ensure your body is getting enough vitamin D then head to your local HOT! Tanning salon and get your daily dose of the sunshine vitamin.