In this article, you will learn more about what vitamin D is and a few interesting facts about this beneficial vitamin.
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin mostly obtained through exposure to sunlight or UV rays. It can also be obtained through supplements and is not commonly acquired through food.
Why is Vitamin D important?
Calcium needs vitamin D – Vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption. In other words, if you are vitamin D deficient, your body will not absorb proper amounts of calcium.
The framework of your body depends on it – Vitamin D is needed for normal bone growth and post-operative bone growth. Children need vitamin D for bone development and adults need vitamin D to prevent brittle bones. People who have had surgery involving any bone(s) need vitamin D to encourage bone growth.
Cheaper than NSAIDS – Vitamin D is necessary for a healthy immune system and it does wonders for the healing process. It has been shown to help inflammatory disorders such as arthritis. In cases where there is a vitamin D deficiency, people generally heal slower.
Other reasons why Vitamin D is beneficial:
- Deficiency has been linked with high blood pressure, blood sugar disorders and even cancer.
- Vitamin D naturally works against stress and anxiety.
- Including vitamin D rich foods is a key component to a complete diet.
What happens when you have too much:
Weigh loss, kidney issues and cardiovascular damage can ensue. To avoid excessive vitamin D intake, try obtaining vitamin D naturally rather than through supplements – most toxicity has been linked to high supplement intake.
How to get the right amount of vitamin D:
Eat plenty of grains, fruits and vegetables. Milk and dairy products also contain vitamin D. Beans, nuts, poultry, fish and lean meats also contain vitamin D. Sunlight is a natural way to obtain vitamin D, but always wear sunscreen while in direct sunlight.
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