The Power of Vitamin D, The Sunshine Vitamin

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By: Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that includes vitamin D1, D2, and D3 that is produced in your skin when exposed to sunlight. It effects as many as 2,000 genes in our body.

 

Benefits of Vitamin D:

  • Regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorous.
  • Jump-starts our normal immune system to function.
  • Vitamin D important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, and helps our body resist against certain diseases.
  • If your body doesn’t get enough vitamin D you’re at risk of developing osteoporosis (fragile bones) and osteomalacia (soft bones).
  • Reduces your risk of multiple sclerosis.
  • Decreases your chance of developing heart disease.
  • Reduces your chances of developing the flu.
  • Your body produces vitamin D naturally through direct exposure to sunlight and a little is all we need. Ten minutes a day of sun exposure is plenty.

 

Things to avoid that affect your ability to get sufficient amounts of vitamin D:

  • Pollution, sunscreen use, working, or spending too much time indoors and in work offices

 

Food Sources of vitamin D:

  • Salmon, sardines, egg yolks, shrimp, milk, cereal, yogurt, and orange juice.
  • It can be hard to get enough vitamin D each day through sun exposure and food alone, so taking a vitamin D supplement is encouraged.

 

Here at my clinic I have long promoted the importance of Vitamin D levels and now the National Institutes of Health and Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Agree!

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Our “New Medicine” – sometimes called holistic, complementary or integrative medicine — combines the best of modern science with natural healing traditions that have been proven effective.

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