May 11, 2023 3 min read
Have you ever noticed that warm, fuzzy feeling when the sun touches your skin?
Well, that’s more than just a comfy sensation—it's your body making Vitamin D.
Funny thing is, Vitamin D isn't actually a vitamin..
It’s a hormone!
And this sunshine hormone is quite a multitasker, doing everything from boosting your immune system to helping you sleep better!
So let’s take a look at some of the many benefits associated with adequate levels of Vitamin D!
✅Stronger Immune System!
Vitamin D is a well-known immunomodulator, bolstering your immune system and enhancing its ability to fight off infections! Regular intake of Vitamin D can potentially lower the risk of developing influenza and other respiratory tract infections, may reduce some cancer cell growth, and help stave off autoimmune disorders! In the times we are living in, a strong immune system is a priceless asset as you well know!
Remember those days when mom insisted on milk for strong bones? Well, Vitamin D is the unsung hero in that story. It assists your body in absorbing calcium, crucial for maintaining bone health. Without enough Vitamin D, our bones can become weak and brittle and lead to conditions like osteoporosis and osteopenia which can be a very bad situation, especially later in life!
Who knew a bit of sunshine could help you chase away the blues? Studies have shown that Vitamin D can help regulate your mood. When we're low on Vitamin D, we might feel more anxious or depressed. So next time you're feeling a bit down, try stepping outside for a dose of natural mood-booster. Totally makes sense why people generally feel much happier during summer months then, right!?
Now let's delve into the really interesting stuff—sleep. As you know, it’s my favorite 🤩
You see, Vitamin D isn't just about sunshine, and good moods. It's got a direct link to how well we sleep. This clever hormone has receptors all over our brain, including the parts that control sleep.
Researchers have discovered that low levels of Vitamin D are associated with sleep disturbances, such as shorter sleep duration and poorer sleep quality. Furthermore, deficiencies in this hormone are common in individuals suffering from sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea.
It's thought that Vitamin D might influence sleep by helping maintain healthy levels of sleep-regulating substances in the brain, like serotonin and melatonin. It may also have a role in reducing inflammation, which can lead to better sleep.
While the exact mechanism is still being explored, the current consensus is that getting enough Vitamin D can help us sleep better and wake up feeling more refreshed and is why I included it in Sleep Remedy at just the right dosage to, in synergy with other ingredients, kickstart our sleep cycles!
So that’s it!
The secret is out!
Vitamin D is more than just a basic vitamin—it's a hormone that plays vital roles in our health and wellbeing. It supports our immune system, keeps our bones strong, uplifts our mood, fights against diseases, and may even be the key to a good night's sleep!
Oh and the best part?
We can get our dose of this fantastic hormone simply by stepping outside and soaking up the ☀️ .
If sunshine is scarce, you might want to consider Vitamin D supplementation, but make sure you speak with a healthcare professional first!
Kirk Parsley, M.D.
**Note: This blog is purely informational and for entertainment and is not a replacement for professional medical advice or treatment.