Monday, January 26, 2015

A Star Is Born Presenting Vitamin D Part 1

    The sun is the largest star in our solar system and it one of the most important sources of energy that we have, now don’t you wish that you could bottle that energy into an energy drink to help you making it through your work and/or school day. Well, since we can’t do that our bodies still need the sun, one of the most important benefits that the sun has to offer is Vitamin D. Vitamin D is absorbed through our skin cells and helps to develop strong bones by helping the body to use calcium in our food intake.
    There are many ways to obtain Vitamin D, of course, by getting some fresh air and letting  the light from the sun touch your skin, your skin produces the Vitamin D due to exposure to the sun. Always be sure to use a handmade soap that contains coconut oil, which is a natural SPF.  You can obtain Vitamin D by eating fish, fish liver oils, egg yolks, dairy and grains, which is especially important during the winter months when our opportunity to obtain long periods of sunlight are reduced.
     When we are not exposed to sunlight and don’t have enough calcium in our food intake we run the risk of Vitamin D deficiency, which can include symptoms:

·         Bone pain

·         Muscle weakness

·         Low blood levels

·         Increased risk of cardiovascular disease

·         Cognitive impairment in older adults

·         Severe asthma in children

·         Cancer

There are many reasons that a Vitamin D deficiency can develop over time besides reduced exposure to sunlight and not consuming enough foods which contain Vitamin D (calcium). And we will discuss the reasons in the next article. Here is a hint, some researchers believe that having dark skin contributes to Vitamin D deficiency.

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