When it comes to health, no amount of expense is too much. But the fact is that we don’t have to spend too much money in order to stay healthy; all we need is a little bit of common sense and the right kind of lifestyle. When it comes to food, we must eat a balanced diet, one that includes the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and vitamins. There are some nutrients though that are more important than others and Vitamin D is one of them. Here are a few pertinent facts about this essential vitamin that all of us must be aware of:

  • Vitamin D is essential for our body to absorb and use calcium more efficiently. Calcium is necessary for normal functioning of the nervous system, for bone growth, maintenance of bone density and muscle strength.
  • Active Vitamin D (the active form of this vitamin present in our bodies and also known as calcitriol) boosts your immune system and prevents you from falling sick often.
  • Vitamin D may improve insulin secretion and help diabetics
  • This vitamin also helps patients who suffer from hypertension.
  • Not many foods contain Vitamin D in their natural form.
  • Foods like milk, orange juice and cereals are normally fortified with Vitamin D.
  • Sunlight is a natural provider of Vitamin D; in fact, this vitamin is the only one that our body can create from sunshine.
  • Most people get their entire life’s requirement of Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight
  • Vitamin D increases levels of serotonin, the feel-good chemical, in the brain.
  • Because of the scare of UV radiation and skin cancer, not many people dare to go out in the sun for long periods of time in order to get their daily dose of this essential vitamin.
  • When we age, less Vitamin D is converted to its active form, which means we need more of it, especially if we’re not exposed to sunlight on a regular basis.
  • Vitamin D requires bile in order to be absorbed by the intestine.
  • When expectant mothers have low Vitamin D levels, there is a risk of the child being born with skeletal deformities and growth retardation.
  • People who live in higher latitudes where there is less sunlight are prone to Vitamin D deficiency.
  • Levels of Vitamin D higher than 2000 IU/day can be toxic.
  • Vitamin D toxicity causes high blood calcium levels that are dangerous, poor muscle and nerve function, and kidney stones.
  • Vitamin D toxicity does not result from exposure to sunlight.
  • There are certain medical conditions that increase the risk of Vitamin D toxicity and some drugs that decrease your body’s level of Vitamin D absorption. So check with your doctor before you increase or decrease your intake of Vitamin D.

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This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, for Healthworks Fitness Centers, who regularly writes on the topic of online nurse practitioner schools . Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: adrienne.carlson1@gmail.com

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