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Importance of Vitamin D & Weight Loss

In Vitamin D is an important micronutrient with major health benefits, including improved immunity, keeping bones strong, absorbing calcium and working with parathyroid glands. The parathyroid glands work minute to minute to balance the calcium in the blood by communicating with the kidneys, gut and skeleton. When there is sufficient calcium in the diet and sufficient active Vitamin D, dietary calcium is absorbed and put to good use throughout the body. If calcium intake is insufficient, or vitamin D is low, the parathyroid glands will ‘borrow’ calcium from the skeleton in order to keep the blood calcium in the normal range.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that you can get from vitamin D-rich foods, supplements and through sun exposure. Obesity is a risk factor for vitamin D deficiency; this is likely because your daily requirement for vitamin D depends on your body size. Getting adequate amounts of vitamin D may enhance weight loss, decrease body fat and limit weight gain.

Additionally, vitamin D can increase levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects everything from mood to sleep regulation. Serotonin plays a role in controlling your appetite and can increase satiety, reduce body weight and decrease calorie intake. Vitamin D may aid weight loss by altering the storage and formation of fat cells and increasing levels of serotonin. Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can include muscle weakness, pain, fatigue and depression. At Wellness By Design Medical Center, we make sure that you get your Vitamin D needs from food.

 

Lima Faza’a

Clinical Dietitian

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