There are so many benefits to ensuring our bodies get enough vitamin D. If you haven’t already, read our recent blog post by clicking here to learn more about what vitamin D is and all of it’s health promoting magic.
Vitamin D Deficiency
You’d think that for a vitamin with so many health promoting benefits we’d all be ensuring we're getting optimum amounts, just like we aim for 2 liters of water per day. So, it may surprise you to learn that vitamin D deficiency is actually a "thing" and, what’s more, it’s a very big one at that.
In fact, vitamin D deficiency is becoming so ubiquitous for the general population that one study found more than 40% of the U.S. population has a vitamin D deficiency. Some authors have even referred to this vitamin D deficiency as a worldwide pandemic.
So, let’s get to the good stuff: how do we get vitamin D? Well, we can access vitamin D via the sun, in a small selection of foods, and through supplements.
Vitamin D is the only vitamin the body can actually synthesize in response to sun exposure. This means that, theoretically, vitamin D does not necessarily need to be provided from the diet or supplements. It ain’t called the "sunshine vitamin" for nothing folks!
The benefits of sun exposure go beyond vitamin D synthesis (and a tan). Exposure to sunlight