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Vitamin D 🌻: Everything You Need to Know

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Vitamin D
When the sun comes out we’re the first ones to say, “Time to soak up that vitamin D!” But what is Vitamin D? What does it do? Where do we get it {besides from the sun}? After some searching on the world wide web, we found our answers! Today we’re coming at ya with the down low on Vitamin D. Check it out: 
What is it?
Vitamin D is two things: a nutrient we eat & a hormone our bodies make. Who knew?! Not gonna lie, some of us thought Vitamin D came from the sun. But now we know! Our bodies produce Vitamin D naturally when it is directly exposed to sunlight! We knew we loved our bodies! As a nutrient, Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods and is more easily absorbed through supplements. 
Where do I get it?
  1. The best way to get enough Vitamin D is taking a supplement. There are very few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D, so the best way to work it into your diet is taking those Vitamin pills daily! 
  2. The sun! Like we said, our bodies produce that Vitamin D naturally as it is exposed to sunlight. Regular exposure to the sun is the most natural way to get enough Vitamin D, so we recommend getting 30 minutes of midday sunlight several times each week. Those with darker skin may need a little more than this, since higher amounts of melanin mean less Vitamin D the skin can absorb. If we had our way, we’d all be outside all day, everyday {and with enough sunscreen to stay safe}! 
  3. We did say that very few foods naturally contain Vitamin D, but we can still eat those few foods! Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon are the number one foods that provide Vitamin D, which is good news for our sushi fans! Other foods that are fortified by Vitamin D are orange juice, soy milk, cheese, and other dairy products. Last but not least, egg yolks are one of the few foods that will help us get Vitamin D into our wonderful bodies. 

Vitamin D

What does it do?

  • Vitamin D is critical for building bone, reducing cancer cell growth, and keeping our immune system functioning normally. When we get a good amount of Vitamin D, our bones and teeth grow and develop and we have even better resistance against certain diseases. When you don’t have enough Vitamin D, our bones can become very thin, easy to break, or even misshapen.
  • Some studies have shown that Vitamin D might play an important role in helping us regulate our mood and avoiding depression. No wonder sunshine makes so many of us here at KJ so happy! 
  • Last but not least, Vitamin D has been shown to boost weight loss. If you are paying extra close attention to your diet and are working to improve your weight, consider adding Vitamin D supplements to your regimen. Scientists said that the extra Vitamin D can have an appetite-suppressing effect. 
Vitamin D! In all it’s natural glory! You can eat it, or make it yourself when you go outside. Either way, we’re fans! We hope you enjoyed learning about this important vitamin as much as we did. What’s next? Throw on a swimmer and go enjoy your sunshine! Let us know below where you like to enjoy sunshine the most. 
xoxo,
Kortni Jeane + Team
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