Your New Year’s Resolution… Add More Vitamin D to Your Diet!
It’s fairly common knowledge that January is that time of the year when gyms fill up, diets are strict, and getting healthy is at an all-time high. Whether you’re trying to get rid of a little holiday weight or lose some significant pounds, January is the month to do that! However, before you start the engine on your new diet, you should first make sure that your Vitamin D intake is plentiful. Yes, Vitamin D could possibly be the missing piece to the weight management puzzle in 2017.
Vitamin D has a good reputation for being a highly-essential vitamin. Also known as the sunshine vitamin – since the body can manufacture it through exposure – it plays a wide-range of roles in the body. Though it can be produced by the body, it requires a decent amount of sun exposure to major areas of the body (arms and legs) to do so. Since many individuals do not get the necessary amount of sun exposure required to produce it, Vitamin D deficiency in the U.S. is very common. In 2010, approximately 42% of U.S. adults were Vitamin D deficient. This essential vitamin is responsible for supporting the immune system, brain and nervous system, lung and cardiovascular health, bone & joint health, and several other functions in the body. Just recently, a study found that vitamin D could be the key to preventing metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is better known as a group of risk factors (health conditions) that raise your risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other serious health problems. Some of these risk factors include obesity, high triglyceride levels, low HDL cholesterol level, high blood pressure, and high fasting blood sugar. Nearly 35% of adults in the U.S. (50% of those being over the age of 60) are estimated to have metabolic syndrome. The most observed causes of metabolic syndrome are diets high in fat and carbohydrates and low activity levels.
Recently, however, a mice study highlighted on nutraingredients-usa.com, detailed new findings that show Vitamin D being beneficial in the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome. The study showed that a vitamin D deficiency in the mice, combined with a high fat diet, contributed to full-scale fatty liver and metabolic syndrome. Additionally, a diet low in Vitamin D and high in fat produced other health concerns including increased gut permeability and systematic inflammation. While the researchers noted that human trials are necessary to validate the study, Vitamin D could become an effect and affordable option for those looking to prevent or improve metabolic conditions in the near future.
With Vitamin D being essential to many systems of the body, whether you’re suffering from metabolic syndrome or not, making sure you’re not deficient is necessary. Youngevity® now offers a high potency Vitamin D3 product by Integris® that contains 5000 IU of Vitamin D3 per serving. You can try the high-quality supplement from Integris® or any other of Youngevity’s products to make sure you’re getting adequate nutrient intake.
Start the engine on your New Year’s Resolution! Prevention is the key!