Have you heard of the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’, or Vitamin D, that brings joy into life and provides countless healthy benefits? Enjoying the sun is a natural way to replenish this vitamin and an essential part of any personal health program!

Vitamin D is beneficial to our health in numerous ways. The vitamin rejuvenates calcium levels and helps with bone and tooth strength. It also supports the immune and nervous system while regulating insulin levels. On top of these great benefits, those who regularly use Vitamin D see increases in energy levels!

Personally, I noticed my low energy levels as I recovered from my cancer battle (surgeries, chemo, and radiation). However, I have seen my own energy levels increase substantially while taking Vitamin D.  My new level of energy brought such happiness that my family recently saw such a difference in me and wanted to know what I did!

For the longest time, I believed low energy was normal and thought I would struggle with it for the rest of my life. But with Dr. Purser’s help, I became aware of my vitamin deficiencies and it has changed my life. I cannot emphasize how important it is to have blood work completed frequently to see my body’s deficiencies, and where changes are needed. Replenishing my deficient vitamin levels makes such a significant difference, that it is noticeable to others around me.

In addition to lower energy levels, a deficiency of Vitamin D can lead to osteoporosis, weak bones, bone pain, muscle weakness, and several types of cancer (colon, prostate, breast cancer, etc.). Individuals who have Vitamin D deficient diets (milk allergies, lactose intolerances, and veganism) need to supplement the vitamin in order to avoid serious health complications.

We can restore our Vitamin D levels through several ways.  The first, as mentioned above, can be through our diet. Several types of fish (salmon, tuna, and mackerel) have elevated levels of Vitamin D while smaller vitamin levels can be found in beef, liver, cheese, egg yolks, mushrooms, milk, cereals, orange juice, yogurt, and margarine. The second form of replenishing Vitamin D levels is through supplements.  Generally, a male’s intake should be 204-288 IU, while a female’s should be 144-276 IU of Vitamin D daily (consult your physician for your specific needs).  The third way (and my favorite) is through daily sun exposure.  Even 10-15 minutes in the sun can make such a difference in our energy levels while getting a great tan!

As we pursue a healthy lifestyle and an improved state of mind, it is a journey made easier with supplements like Vitamin D.  Don’t forget to add some of this ‘Sunshine Vitamin’ in your life!

Keep Smiling!

Melissa Soria

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