Have you ever noticed that people tend to get sick more often during the winter months? This may be partly related to low levels of Vitamin D due to a lack of sun exposure. Our skin needs sunlight to make Vitamin D, so during the fall and winter in Canada, it is hard to get enough of this essential vitamin. Why does this matter?
Your body needs Vitamin D to absorb calcium to build strong, healthy bones and teeth. Without enough calcium, your muscles can cramp, hurt or feel weak. If you don’t have enough Vitamin D throughout your life, you are more likely to have thin and brittle bones, putting you at risk of osteoporosis. Vitamin D also plays an important role in building our immune system to fight infections, and may lower your risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure.