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How the sunshine vitamin may help your bikini competitio​n workout

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Most people tend to perk up when they notice the days are finally getting longer, and that's largely because sunshine, in some ways, is actually good for you.

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Do you find that your bikini competition workouts take a much greater toll on your body in the winter months than they do in spring and summer? There are plenty of factors that can account for this slump, like an excess of fatty holiday foods and a general reluctance to brave the elements and hit the gym. However, another contributing variable could be a nutrient deficiency.

Most people tend to perk up when they notice the days are finally getting longer, and that's largely because sunshine, in some ways, is actually good for you. Sunlight is the only natural source of vitamin D - a nutrient that promotes healthy bone development and can even improve your mood. Unless you live in an area that is relatively sunny all year long, you are bound to notice some symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency - however minor - during the darker, damper winter months if you aren't taking supplements to keep your levels up.

Recently, scientists from Newcastle University in England even discovered that a vitamin D deficiency could even impair muscle function and efficiency. According to a report from the online publication ScienceDaily, the researchers found that a lack of vitamin D contributed to muscle fatigue because the compound plays an essential role in how our cells produce energy.

"This is the first time a link has been shown between vitamin D status and muscle aerobic function," said study leader and research fellow Dr. Akash Sinha, the source states.

While this study only looked at people with severe deficiencies, the scientists noted that this discovery could open the door to further research about how vitamin D may help athletes get more out of their workout. Given all the health benefits associated with this compound, though, it certainly won't hurt to add it to your fitness competition supplements!

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