Vitamin D for Health and Weight-loss
Since the beginning of human existence, we have known about the sun and the benefits it gives us. Before modern medicine sunlight was used to treat ailments such as cough & cold, epilepsy, TB, and cancer. While that may seem a little silly to us now, the sun actually does have a profound effect on these and many other health problems. Our ancestors knew what they were doing, they just didn’t know why–it was the sunlight’s UVB rays synthesizing Vitamin D in our bodies that provided the health benefits.
At that time in our history most of us worked and played outside and received plenty of exposure to the sun and got the needed vitamin D. In these modern times however, we tend to stay inside, and with the threat of melanoma a lot of people avoid the sun at all costs. With the advent of sun block, most of us will never get the required amount of Vitamin D our bodies need to ward off many health problems.
It is estimated that between 40-75% of people across the world suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency. This deficiency is alarming because of the many common diseases that low levels are linked to, which include:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Breast cancer
- Type 2 Diabetes
The fact of the matter is we humans cannot sustain a healthy vibrant life without Vitamin D. It helps our lives in so many ways that even many doctors recommend taking supplemental D. Omega Soul offers a quality, high potency vitamin D3 supplement (a more bio-available form) that can not only help your overall health but also aid weight-loss. In recent years Vitamin D has become more and more popular due to its weight-loss benefits.
All of the cells in your body need Vitamin D to function properly including those ever present fat cells. When your body has the proper level of Vitamin D, special receptors for vitamin D signal the body to burn fat. With low levels of the vitamin it is thought that the hypothalamus (which regulates hormonal functions) senses the low levels and increases the body’s weight set point and releases hunger stimulating hormones. Conversely, with the correct levels your body releases more leptin, which is the hormone responsible for the “I’m full” message to the brain.
Vitamin D also optimizes the absorption of calcium which is essential to reduce the production of cortisol, a stress hormone that causes you to store fat. Without the calcium absorption benefit of Vitamin D, your body could lack the calcium it needs, and if that happens the body may experience a five-fold increase in fatty acid-synthase, an enzyme that converts calories into fat. A study conducted by Michael B. Zemel PHD, director of the nutrition institute at the University of Tennessee determined that a diet high in dairy (Vitamin D & calcium) helped people lose 70% more weight than a diet without high levels of these nutrients. Another great benefit of Vitamin D is that it boosts levels of serotonin, the mood elevating chemical in the brain, which in turn can help prevent overeating and the mood swings that dieting can cause. The “Sunshine Vitamin”, Vitamin D plays an important part in many aspects of our health including weight-loss, so take care of your health and your weight by ordering a Vitamin D3 supplement from Omega Soul.