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Could you be suffering from Vitamin D deficiency??
Posted on: 25/01/2013 @ 10:59am
Now that the weather is feeling so chilly... we're starting to think about those nice holidays in the sun! There's something about being in the warm sunshine that is so enjoyable... it makes you feel good! In the height of summer, this sunshine gives you naturally the Vitamin D that your body craves.
While each person's Vitamin D needs are different, Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body use calcium from the diet. Traditionally, Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease commonly found in children in which the bone tissue doesn't properly minimise, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities. But increasingly, research is revealing the importance of Vitamin D in protecting against a host of health problems such as osteoporosis, thyroid problems, cardiovascular disease, fatigue, depression and more! Nutritional experts have urged Americans to spend some time outdoors everyday. The risk of skin cancer from brief exposure is far less significant than the health benefits of raising your Vitamin D levels.
It seems that Vitamin D has a huge impact on almost every aspect of our physical health. It makes sense for everyone to ensure that they are getting enough Vitamin D on a daily basis.
How to get enough Vitamin D?
The best source of this powerful vitamin is sunlight. The sun's rays stimulate skin cells to produce the activated form of Vitamin D, cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3). Activated Vitamin D helps regulate levels of calcium and phosphate in the blood stream, helps maintain normal bone mineralisation, helps regulate nerve function, the immune response, and genes responsible for cell growth, differentation and cell death. These genetic regulatory functions are associated with Vitamin D's role in cancer prevention.
We recommend Vitamin D supplements for those people in sun-deprived places & especially in the winter! We have found taking Vitamin D daily has greatly reduced the amount & length of colds during the winter.. why not try it?