Vitamins: Nowadays a healthy lifestyle is very popular. Everybody is trying to follow a healthy lifestyle: eat healthy and go to the gym. Which is very good as balanced diets can keep a doctor away.
But sometimes only a healthy lifestyle can’t be enough. Some people need additional supplements.
If you live in a cold country, you can catch a cold more often. As simply you can hurry somewhere and sweat, and after opening a window and just standing in front of your window for some minutes can be enough to catch a cold. So, now you have temperature and the flu.
So, you need some additional support to help you in the struggle against cold and diseases.
Doctors suggest Vitamin D in these cases, as it is the “sunshine vitamin” and if you live in a cold country or it is just winter and you don’t want to catch a cold you better take it.
There is no need to take Vitamin D in spring or summer, as we get vitamin D from the sunlight. So, autumn and winter are the best time to take them.
It is a small vitamin but the absence of it can do big harm to your body.
Pregnant women and kids have to take Vitamin D as well. Doctors usually suggest kids (aged 1-4) take Vitamin D daily.
There are a lot of questions that people ask frequently about vitamins like “Who needs vitamins?”, “How often to take them”, “What kinds of vitamins are there”. But there are also questions that people don’t ask frequently like:
What are some forms of Vitamin D?
Everybody knows Vitamin D, and most of us use it on daily basis. Some of us use foods that are high in Vitamin D: egg yolk, butter, fish, etc. Vitamin D is a very important part of our health.
But most of us don’t know that Vitamin D has some forms as well.
Two major forms of Vitamin D are Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. Now let’s see what are they.
Vitamin D2 is also called ergocalciferol. It is made by humans for adding to foods. So, you may ask how to take Vitamin D2.
You have to take it orally, better after a meal, but it’s okay to take it without food as well. Never take Vitamin D2 without your doctor’s prescription or suggestion.
The dosage can be different for each person. It is usually based on your medical condition, age, diet, sun exposure, etc.
The sources of Vitamin D3 can be found in animal-sourced foods: eggs, butter, fish, liver, etc. Vitamin D3 has a very interesting path. Vitamin D3 is made when exposed to sunlight. That’s why the sun plays a crucial role in our health.
If we spend at least half an hour outdoors when it is sunny and if we do it regularly, we can have an adequate amount of Vitamin D3.
People frequently ask “How many vitamins are there”, but they don’t ask about the essential vitamins.
Which are the essential vitamins?
All the vitamins are important. They help our organs to do their job correctly, they also support them in everything. We feel better with vitamins. Our skin glows with vitamins. So, let’s see which ones are the most essential ones.
There are 13 essential vitamins.
Let’s see how they are called: B vitamins (thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, biotin, etc.) folate, then A, C, D, E, K.
You won’t know if you have a deficit of any of these vitamins. That’s why you have to take lab results before taking any of them. It’s a good idea to consult a doctor as well. As there are different types and measurements of vitamins you should know what you need before taking them.
Also keep in mind that vitamins and minerals are measured in various ways: milligram, microgram, IU.
It’s also important to buy vitamins from the pharmacies that you are aware of. They should be of good quality and well preserved. If you don’t have time to go and buy there are a lot of online pharmacies that will be happy to ship.
In some cases, you can have a subscription and get your vitamins regularly without even worrying about it.
Try to eat healthily and live healthily, then you will need nothing but some sun.