Jul 16

Vitamin D and Weight Loss

As physicians, we are learning more about the functions of vitamin D in the body. Recent research shows that vitamin D is important in weight management. First and foremost, it is critical to understand what vitamin D is and why it is so important for our bodies. With this knowledge under our belts, we can then delve into how this affects safe weight loss as well as examine other weight loss options.


What is Vitamin D and Why is it so Important?


Vitamin D is a vitamin that your body produces in response to sunlight. The level is easy to check with a blood test.  However, no one is certain what a “normal” level in overweight patients who are working to experience safe weight loss. There are many reasons that Vitamin D is crucial for everyone. These include:


  • Maintaining Healthy Bones
  • Aiding in Calcium Absorption
  • Boosting Immune System
  • Protection from many forms of Cancer


As can be seen in the above list, vitamin D can definitely play a huge role in your health now and well into the future. For this reason, it is critical to be aware of your daily intake and to ensure that you are giving your body what it needs. This is also a great way to aid in your safe weight loss journey, as we will examine a bit further on.


Ways to Get More Vitamin D

One of the biggest problems for many people is being able to obtain the amount of Vitamin D that their bodies need on a daily basis. This is because, unfortunately, it cannot be found in an ample supply from food sources. Sunlight is usually the first source that everyone turns to, but the difficulty with this is the issue of skin protection. When you aren’t wearing sunscreen, you are able to absorb this essential vitamin but then risk being sunburned. However, if you do wear sunscreen, you are unable to absorb the vitamin as the sunscreen will block it out in the same way that it blocks the uv rays.


So then where do we get this essential vitamin? Well, there are various sources. These include:


  • Fortified dairy
  • Salmon
  • Mushrooms


When these sources prove to not be enough, or you find that you are still unable to reach your daily intake goals, supplements can be the next alternative. Most multivitamins these days include vitamin D and it is also available on its own. It just depends on your particular situation and what your doctor recommends to help boost your intake to where it needs to be to aid in your safe weight loss journey.


How Vitamin D Affects Weight Loss


Vitamin D functions in insulin sensitivity.  Insulin resistance is a precursor and hallmark of diabetes.  Increasing vitamin D levels ameliorates insulin resistance.  Thus, the body becomes more sensitive to insulin.  This improves weight management. This can be a key factor in helping you to avoid weight loss operations, including weight reduction surgery.


It is much easier to obtain the proper levels of vitamin D than it is to go through a very serious operation. For this reason, vitamin D, as well as diet and exercise are great ways to help you experience safe weight loss. Note that vitamin D levels should be followed by your physician, as it is important for your provider to see what your daily intake looks like.


The easiest way to help you stay on track is to write down the amount of vitamin D that you are getting on a daily basis and then hand this information over to your doctor. This way, everyone is on the same page, and you can more easily make adjustments as needed to help you reach your goals through safe weight loss.  If you have further questions, please contact us.


Published by Axiom Health Care Marketing

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