December 21 is Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. We see the least amount of sunlight and have the longest night of the year.
Fun fact, but why does this matter?
Because the sun is primarily responsible for giving our bodies a very important, much needed nutrient: Vitamin D, otherwise known as the “Sunshine Vitamin.”
With winter in full swing and temperatures more than a little unpleasant for most the country, our lack of exposure to sufficient sunlight gives us a higher risk of having low levels of this key vitamin. And being deficient in Vitamin D can have a significant effect on our overall quality of life.
Vitamin D’s primary responsibility is absorbing calcium, which in turn helps with your bone growth. But that’s not all, it also helps regulate the immune and neuromuscular systems, and plays a major role in the life cycle of human cells. Research also shows that short-changing yourself when it comes to Vitamin D supplementation can interfere with your hard earned strength gains.
How Much “Sunshine” Are You Really Getting?
According to studies, most of us are deficient in Vitamin D. One estimation states that over 1 billion people worldwide have low levels of Vitamin D in their blood. On top of that, a good portion of us have no idea we’re even lacking in that department! Since the signs and symptoms can be subtle, it can be difficult to tell if you’re low with your levels.
If you work full time, chances are you’re working indoors during most of those daylight hours. Your lack of exposure to sunlight increases your risk of Vitamin D deficiency. You are at an even higher risk if you live in northern latitudes (anything above the Colorado border), have darker skin, live in big cities where the buildings block the sunlight, live in an area of high pollution, or wear robes/religious clothing covering most of your skin.
How Do I Know If I’m Getting Enough Vitamin D?
You may be wondering at this point where you stand with your levels. If so, here are some good questions to ask yourself that may suggest you need to up your intake:
- Do I feel more fatigued and tired than normal?
- Does my immune system seem weaker than normal? (If you are one who constantly gets sick or easily contracts infections, you may have low levels of Vitamin D.)
- Do my bones ache? (Remember how Vitamin D plays such a major role with your bone growth?)
- Do I experience back pain?
- Do I feel depressed? Seasonal depression is common in the winter months because of the shorter days and longer gloomier nights.
- Are my wounds/ cuts slow to heal?
- Is my hair falling out?
- Do my muscles feel weak?
- Am I having trouble focusing, and thinking clearly?
Some studies go as far as to suggest that when you get sufficient Vitamin D, you are also less likely to experience weight gain, get certain types of cancer, develop heart disease, have high blood pressure, contract the flu, have neuromuscular diseases, and experience depression.
All this from one little vitamin? You bet! Think about it--how often are you really getting outside? (Especially when it’s below freezing out there…)
How Much Vitamin Do I Need?
The FDA suggests 400 International Units (IU) daily, but many medical experts will recommend 1000 IU or more. Some studies suggest that a higher intake of around 1,000-4,000 IU’s is necessary to maintain optimal blood levels.
And while there are some foods that contain Vitamin D (eggs, salmon, tuna, cheese, milk, fortified cereals, etc), many of those don't provide enough, so you can’t rely solely on your food consumption to maintain the necessary levels.
NightRevive is a Packet Full of Sunshine
Lucky for you, we’re not suggesting you go freeze in the negative temperatures to get your levels back in check. One simple serving of NightRevive contains 1500 IUs of Vitamin D--which is perfect for keeping your levels maintained.
In addition to getting three times the recommended amount of Vitamin D for the day, NightRevive offers several other vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs and antioxidants that help you really stay alert and thrive in life.
So whether you’re needing more energy, lifting your brain from the fog, preventing yourself from getting sick, or improving your overall mood, one serving of NightRevive may aid in your need to level up on Vitamin D.
No matter where you get your Vitamin D, your bones and immune system will be sure to thank you.