One Simple Health Hack to Start This Week Strong

*Warning* The photos on this post will make you crave summer and green grass, we are almost there my friends. Almost there.

There are ten thousand and one health hacks out there so I’m not going to pretend that this will change your entire life. What I will say is that incorporating this into my daily routine has helped me to feel more confident in my health and wellness routine and now that I have established this habit, I can move onto the next one!

So what is the one thing I suggest that you start incorporating right now? Vitamin D! The best part? It is so easy to take and you will see a noticeable difference in no time. Every time I have gotten my blood levels checked my vitamin D has been low and the doctors (mine are more on the holistic side) always note that low levels of vitamin D is super common for all of us.

What are the benefits of vitamin D?

  1. It helps to support your mood! Vitamin D plays a role in the activity of serotonin which is very important for maintaining mood levels. Seasonal Affective Disorder can be really difficult for a lot of us and sometimes we may not even realize that is what is causing us to feel off. If you are feeling a little blue lately, especially in the winter, vitamin D is my number one suggestion.
  2. Immune system support. Vitamin D plays a role in support the “killer cells” of our immune system. The more support these cells have, the stronger they will be to fight off incoming sickness.
  3. Fertility support. Research shows that high levels of estrogen can create problems with fertility. Vitamin D has been shown to lower estradiol (a type of estrogen). This will not be a one size fits all answer but it is good to know and vitamin D is super important for the health of pregnant women and their babies. Make sure that you are checking with your health care practitioner to get the right dosage because too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing so it is important to be careful.
  4. Decreases the risk of respiratory tract infections.
  5. Improves the quality of your sleep.
  6. Plays a role in battling Alzheimer’s disease.
  7. Supports the devleopment and maintaince of bones and teeth.

How to take it?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is most effective when eaten with a fatty food that will help transport it to the gut where it will be absorbed. It is also most effective when it is taken in liquid form and taken directly without another “vehicle”. If you put it in a liquid there is a chance you won’t absorb as much because it may get stuck to the sides of the glass.

Another way to increase your vitamin D is to spend some time in the sun. Do this with caution and make sure you are protecting your skin. Spending fifteen minutes in the sun with your skin exposed (not during peak hours) is a really good way to get some vitamin D.

How much to take?

I can only suggest that you take the recommended amount on the bottle. However, if you get your blood levels tested then a doctor may recommend you up your dosage based on your results (I definitely suggest that you get your blood levels tested, I found I was low in a couple areas that were easily improved by supplements).

Here is a good brand to look into, this isn’t sponsored, I have just heard good things about Thorne supplements. You want to look for vitamin D3. I currently use a different brand that I got through my doctor but if I were looking to order Thorne is easy to get through amazon. Let me know how it goes!!

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