Where do I start with this one?
Vitamin D is a crucial nutrient involved in a truckload of functions in the body and as Canadians we simply can not get vitamin D from the sun from Fall to Spring.
The sun's rays are too weak at the latitudes we live within to stimulate vitamin D production via the skin. (And if you are someone who bathes in sunscreen during the summer, you aren't getting any vitamin D production then, either.)
Vitamin D insufficiency is linked to lowered immunity, fertility issues, low mood and sub-optimal calcium absorption for bones.
Currently, your Ontario health card doesn't cover the cost of Vitamin D testing because Health Canada assumes EVERYONE IS DEFICIENT.
Hello!? Say, what!?
Health care professionals also agree that getting adequate amounts from food sources alone is next to impossible, so a high quality supplement is your best option for optimizing your Vitamin D levels.
There are a lot of options when it comes to Vitamin D supplements, so what do you need to know when selecting the best one?
Most importantly, Vitamin D is a fat soluble nutrient. That means, you need to take your vitamin D with food containing fat in order for it to be absorbed.
This is especially important if you are taking your supplements in tablet form.
Personally, I prefer to take a vitamin D that is already mixed with a little fat, such as a D drop or softgel that has mixed my dose of D in MCT or coconut oil.
Take your D with a meal so that your digestive process can further enhance the absorption of your supplement.
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