In Canada, where the days are short for much of the year, we often don’t get enough sun to produce the vitamin D we need. Let’s begin by talking about the vital role vitamin D plays within our body, and then we’ll dive into how we can use it to our advantage.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin created when we are exposed to the sun or consume vitamin D-rich foods. This powerful vitamin plays a role in maintaining proper cardiovascular health, regulating blood pressure, and increasing antibacterial proteins in our bodies to boost our immune system. Vitamin D is also responsible for assisting our intestines in absorbing calcium and phosphorus to build strong, healthy bones. Researchers have estimated that only 10 percent of calcium and 60 percent of phosphorus are absorbed when vitamin D levels are too low. So, if you want to protect yourself from injury, make sure you get adequate amounts of vitamin D! The vitamin is also an immune and mood booster.
However, if you’re looking to take more of a food-based approach, cod liver oil, egg yolks, mushrooms, salmon, oysters, herring, and sardines are vitamin D-rich food sources to increase your levels. A few easy ways to incorporate these foods into your diet include blending the fish oil into your smoothie, eating an omelet with mushrooms, or sneaking some cooked liver into your meals! Another – and perhaps more delicious – way to ensure you get enough vitamin D is by taking a supplement like the new vitamin D3 from Ener-Life: Ener-D. Plant-based, sugar-free, and all-natural. The first vitamin D drink mix and one of the few that contains this formula sourced from organic lichen (most vitamin D3 supplements are made of vitamin D extracted from sheep’s lanolin! which is washed in a detergent solution) and sprayed with Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) oil for optimal absorption and bioavailability. Taking a vitamin D3 supplement can be particularly important in winter if you live in the northern hemisphere, have darker skin, or are over 50 (or all of the above!)
Ener-Life is proud to offer our unique new Ener-D formula in two delicious, naturally sweetened, sugar-free flavours: Orange and Raspberry. Like all our other formulas, Ener-D is made with real fruit and vegetable powders, is vegan, non-GMO, gluten, and caffeine-free.