Why We Need Vitamin D?

Why We Need Vitamin D

The Importance of Vitamin D For Your Health-

Why do we need Vitamin D? And why out of everything that the human body needs in order to survive today, is there nothing more important than Vitamin D for optimum health?

Vitamin D is so important, that it is absolutely necessary for our very survival. It is involved in the biochemical cellular machinery of all cells and tissues in our body, and a growing body of research clearly shows that vitamin D is absolutely critical for good health and disease prevention.

This vitamin is often referred to as the Sunshine vitamin, as there is only one sure way to get it, the sun.

The truth of the matter is that Vitamin D is essential for everyday survival. It is used to help us function in a variety of ways, such as by regulating and enhancing the absorption of phosphorus and calcium within the body, and helping to improve normal immune system function.

It is important for you to get Vitamin D on a daily basis, to assist with the healthy development of both teeth and bones, and to ward off harmful illnesses and diseases.

Make it a habit to get at least 20 minutes of sunshine a day whenever possible, to help decrease your chances of developing harmful bone diseases such as osteoporosis, also known as Fragile Bone syndrome or osteomalacia.

Health Benefits of Vitamin D

There are a variety of health benefits to getting your daily dose of Vitamin D

  • Reduces the risk of developing M.S. or Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease, especially in people nearing their late 30’s or early 40’s.
  • Reduces the risk of developing the flu, especially in young babies and children.
  • Has anti-cancer benefits against a wide spectrum of cancers.

How to Avoid Developing Vitamin D Deficiency

Many factors can ultimately lead to the development of Vitamin D Deficiency

  • Pollution in the air.
  • Using too much sunscreen.
  • Spending too many hours inside.
  • Working many hours within an office building or job.
  • Living in large cities where the sunlight is blocked by tall buildings.

Other Sources of Vitamin D

While Vitamin D is commonly found in the rays of the sun, and sunlight is considered to be one of the best ways to get it, there are other ways that you can get it as well, which is by consuming certain foods.

Some of these foods include- Sardines, Shrimp, Milk, Orange Juice, Salmon, Egg Yolks and Yogurt.

While these are excellent foods to consume to get the Vitamin D that you need, in order to reach and maintain a healthy blood level of 40-60 ng/ml. you need  to get approximately 5,000 to 6,000 IU’s of vitamin D per day from all sources – sun, supplements, and food – Keep in mind that the specific dosage is still a very loose guideline, because people vary widely in their ability to respond to vitamin D.

While vitamin D is created naturally when your skin is exposed to sunshine, and from consuming certain foods, the question still remains, do we really need to supplement, and if we do, what’s the proper dosage?

Get Tested

The vitamin D test you’re looking for is called 25(OH)D or 25-hydroxyvitamin D. This is the officially recognized marker of overall D status, and is most strongly associated with overall health. There’s also another vitamin D test available, called 1,25-dihydroxy vitamin D (1,25(OH)D).

 

Final Thoughts

Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common and drives a large number of disease processes, yet it’s quite inexpensive to address, and doing so might make a huge difference in your health. While I recommend getting as much of your vitamin D from sensible sun exposure, you almost certainly will still need a  supplement, basically year round. 

I get at least 20 minutes of sunshine early in the morning when its available, as well as at least a half hour during the day and I consume foods that are rich in Vitamin D. However I also use a daily supplement.

 

PS: I hope you enjoyed this article. Join the conversation and let me know of your experiences with Vitamin D – share your experiences below and join me on other interesting articles at healingbodyandmind.org

 

To your good health,

Tom

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Marant

Hi Tom,
I had a bout with skin cancer some years back, and can no longer work outdoors 🙁 I’ve been using vitamin D since then and have noticed less colds in the winter and my allergies seem to have decreased. Does Vitamin D support the immune system also?

Marant

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    Tom

    Hi Marant- Yes, vitamin D increases your immune function and you may be surprised to know that the active form of vitamin D is one of the most potent hormones in your body.

    ~Tom

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