Health and Wellness: Let the Sunshine In

Since Vitamin D is produced naturally in our skin in response to sunlight, vitamin D has been nicknamed the “Sunshine Vitamin.” Vitamin D is a Fat-Soluble vitamin. One of the ways vitamins are classified is they are based on their solubility. Most vitamins are water-soluble; dissolving in water. The fat-soluble vitamins are much like oil and do not dissolve in water. Fat-soluble vitamins are abundant in foods that are high-fat and are much better absorbed into our bloodstreams when we eat them with healthy fats. Some foods that contain vitamin D are Fatty fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel, some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks. There are 4 fat-soluble vitamins in our diets: A, E, K, and our Sunshine Vitamin, D, which also includes D1, D2, and D3.

Vitamin D also has several essential functions; the most vital being:  Regulating the absorption of calcium, phosphorus, and facilitating the normal immune system function. Vitamin D is also crucial for healthy growth and development of bones and teeth. When we do not receive enough vitamin D, we may be at risk of developing bone abnormalities like soft bones (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (osteoporosis). While we may have heard of this information before, were you also aware that vitamin D may also reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis? (2006 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association 2006). Also according to 2008 findings published in Circulation, vitamin D decreases our chances of developing heart disease. Vitamin D also helps to reduce our chances of developing the flu. (2010 research published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). Another very important role vitamin D plays in regulating our mood and warding off depression. This is another reason during the winter season without much sunlight in many locations people can get what is called, “Seasonal Affective Disorder” or “SAD.”  Other studies have shown people with fibromyalgia were more common in people than those who were experiencing anxiety and depression.

For those who are looking to lose weight, here is some fantastic news that in one study, folks that took daily calcium and vitamin D supplement were able to lose more weight than those receiving a placebo. Scientists claimed that the extra calcium and vitamin D had an appetite suppressing effect.

In another study, overweight folks that took vitamin D daily improved their heart disease risk markers.  Luckily for us here on the glorious Banderas Bay we rarely have a lack of sunlight problem and so many activities to do outside. What better way to stay healthy with a natural vitamin D absorption from the sun and have fun every day. Researchers say it only takes about 15 minutes a day to get the vitamin D your body needs. You may want to make this a routine every day. Whether you’re relaxing out on your patio or taking a walk on the playa, paddle boarding or hiking, have a bit of sunshine! As always, connect with your doctor if you’re on medications for contraindications

Another suggestion is to get out on the bay to see the WHALES>> Its Official!!. The whales are here on the bay for the season to mate and have their babies. Create wellness for yourself every day, physically, mentally, emotionally and connect with your light inside for optimal health balance and happiness.

We deserve to be happy. For questions or comments, please write: Thank you and ENJOY!