Vitamin D, do you need it?

Hey, Fit City Family!

Today, we’re taking a closer look at a vitamin that is not only essential for the average individual, but even more so for gym-goers like us: Vitamin D.

At its most basic level, vitamin D provides many benefits: newer research is suggesting that vitamin D may have a role in preventing cancer; it is essential for bone strength (especially for women); sex hormones are made of it; it impacts weight loss; it can reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes; and populations that get lower doses of vitamin D are at greater risk for multiple sclerosis.

And if all of that wasn’t enough to convince you to reexamine your vitamin D intake, studies dating back to the 1940s have shown that increased doses of the vitamin result in improvements in strength, muscle protein anabolism and muscle mass, speed, cardiovascular performance, and endurance.

Additional research, as mentioned above, has indicated that the inclusion of vitamin D in reduced-calorie diets may lead to better, faster weight loss. Got your attention?

So, now we know some of the benefits, but here’s the thing: “The New England Journal of Medicine recently warned that the number of diseases associated with vitamin D deficiency is growing. And who’s deficient? Most people”.

With that in mind, how much should we be taking in? The USDA recently increased its recommended dose for anyone above one year old from 400 IU/day to 600 IU/day. However, a growing body of nutritionists and doctors find this dose to be, frankly, laughably low. These specialists recommend anywhere from between 1,000-2,000 IU/day.

Obviously, one of the easiest ways to get vitamin D, sunlight, has become a risk factor for skin cancer. Luckily, that’s not the only way to get your daily dose of vitamin D. It’s sold in convenient gel capsules that are a quick and easy way to get in your recommended amount.

You might be thinking, “I already take a multi-vitamin, so I’m good.” Well, check the amount of vitamin D on the label. You might be surprised how little is actually included. 

So, do yourself a favor and consider increasing your vitamin D levels. You’ll thank us later.

As always, the trainers at Fit City are here to help you. Let us know if you need anything to help you achieve your goals. Take care and keep reaching for the stars!