is vitamin d good for weight loss

Hey Gorgeous,

Many scientific reviews continue to praise vitamin D as a miracle cure.

And it’s a reasonable conclusion to draw, given that most of our tissue (including in our brain) holds vitamin D receptors. 

The sunny little vitamin could be responsible for regulating as many as 2,000 genes, too. Just 24 hours of exposure to it could alter how hundreds of our genes express.

Impressive, right?

And actually, it’s not even a vitamin! By definition, we can’t “produce” vitamins, but our bodies make their own D (a hormone, if we want to be accurate) when they receive enough sun exposure.

This one hormone is linked not only to gene expression, but also to fertility, immunity, and calcium regulation.

But is it really a cure-all?

Remember when vitamin E was all the rage? Or how about vitamin A? I do…

The thing is, when supplementation of these “miracle vitamins” was put to the test, it often proved detrimental to patients’ health. Increased rates of cancer. Shortened lifespans. Higher rate of mortality.

With that kind of precedent, we should be very careful about running to the pharmacy for vitamin D supplements—especially when we consider that the industry around them is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

All that research suggesting vitamin D supplements could lower heart disease, cancer, diabetes and more? Observational.

That means medical professionals observed that higher levels of D in patients’ blood seemed to correlate to these lower risks. But maybe those higher levels were marking something else, like eating lots of veggies, or spending a lot of time outside exercising. There are so many other factors at play here.

The fact that people with more vitamin D in their blood tend to be slimmer doesn’t actually mean supplementation will help you lose weight. And just because people who are obese tend to show lower levels of vitamin D, that doesn’t mean simply adding a daily pill to their life will fix that problem.

Sorry, gorgeous—it doesn’t work like that!

Instead, we need to look at the lifestyle choices that correspond to those higher D levels that may be responsible for healthy weight reduction.

And what lifestyle choices are those?

Simple! Clean, whole, plant-based nutrition. 

Want to know more? Check out my specially-designed program, Food Dynamics: The Taste and Flavour Solution, to learn how to select body-shaping foods and eat for healthy weight reduction. Ignite the power of nutrition today!



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