Do you suspect that your metabolism has slowed down? Do you think your junk food habit, late nights, and sweet treats that were totally fine back when you were in your 20s have finally taken a toll on your waistline?

We hate to break this to you, but as you age, your body's ability torch calories decreases. But don't get disappointed yet because there are ways to get and keep the ball rolling. You can sign up for fat-melting activities like cardio, HIIT, boxing, running, or even something as basic as walking. Also, you can change some of your lifestyle habits, like making sure to have a healthful and filling brekky every morning, adding metabolism-boosting spices to your food (nutmeg and cinnamon can help!), staying hydrated all day long, and sleeping more at night. And to help you become a more effiencient fat-burning machine, have a daily dose of a vitamin that's been around since Day 1: Vitamin D.

Byrdie talked to Kerry Clifford, a certified dietitian at Fresh Thyme Farmer's Market, and it was shared that continuous research on the vitamin has shown that it can do more than aid in calcium absorption. It maintains cellular health, and improves immunity and brain function. Plus, it can decrease your body's inflammation, making you burn calories faster. That's one mighty vitamin, right?

Clifford also advised that the supplement is to be taken with a healthy fat (like avocados, chia seeds, whole eggs, cheese, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, and yogurt). Aside from supplements, you can also get from vitamin D from food like tuna, salmon, soy milk, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.

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