The warm weather is finally here, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine!
As you probably know, Vitamin D is an essential nutrient we produce when exposed to the sun. We can also obtain some through diet (primarily fatty fish), however few cultures consume an adequate quantity to meet their needs. Despite sunshine, dietary sources, and even supplementation, 25% of Canadians have sub-optimal levels in summer, increasing to 40% in the winter!
Vitamin D is so important because it plays a huge role in gene control and cell functioning. Low levels have been linked to many diseases, including osteoporosis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, impaired immune function, rickets in children, and several cancers.
Here is what you need to know to maximize your levels!