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What better combo is there than to get out an enjoy some sunshine while walking, jogging, riding a bike, swimming...? :-)
Interestingly also there is recent studies suggesting it might be possible that African-Americans may be low in Vitamin D with serious health consequences. Wondering if there is a sunshine connection there?
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As new research emerges surrounding Vitamin D, the news is all over it, telling us that the “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign may have caused Australians to go overboard with their sun protection…and now many people have a vitamin D deficiency.
During the winter months, Healthy Fix has taken the Bondi Bootcamp and Bondi Boxing sessions indoors to escape from the chills. However, as summer approaches, we will be heading back outdoors to train in the sun (for some of the sessions at least!)
Specific UV rays from the sun, at certain times of the day, directly on our bare skin, are known to activate a process within our bodies, which allows conversion to vitamin D.
Vitamin D is not only important for our bones as it is essential for calcium and phosphorus absorption, but it is also involved in a number of other processes within the body.
Research has shown that healthy vitamin D levels results in:
80% less belly fat
40% less fat of all kinds
A lower risk of developing cancer, multiple sclerosis and Type II diabetes
A simple blood test from your local GP will determine whether or not you are vitamin D deficient, and if so, it is recommended that you take a vitamin D supplement, especially during the winter months when there is not as much sun around.
Why is it necessary to supplement with vitamin D? Studies have not only shown the positive effects mentioned previously, but also a deficiency in vitamin D has been linked to muscle weakness and pain.
When is the best time to take the supplement? I take my vitamin D on a morning, after breakfast. Since vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, it needs to be eaten with some sort of “fat” – (the good kind of course) – think olive oil, avocado or nuts.
So if you find that you are deficient, supplement with vitamin D to have 80% less ab fat and improved health!