Don’t underestimate your body’s need for D vitamins!
Known as a vitamin, D is a steroid hormone. Our body produces it in the skin. Staying away from all technical terms it is transformed into its useful form in the liver and kidney and transported in the blood by binding to a binding protein called ‘D-binding protein’.
It is interesting to note that without Vitamin D, Calcium can not be absorbed in the intestine. Vitamin D signals a number of proteins involved in transporting calcium from the lumen of the intestines, across the epithelial cells and into the blood. It also aides in the absorption of phosphate and magnesium ions. D has receptors in most, if not all, cells in the body.
Vitamin D not only is important for bone health, it also regulates our immune system, it can lower blood pressure, it protects us against depression and can reduce type 2 diabetes plus it may reduce the risk of breast, colon, prostate and lung cancers. It has been associated with increased incidence of autoimmune disease and susceptibility to disease. Rickets is also associated with vitamin D deficiency.
The sun is the best source of Vitamin D. There are factors to consider when aiming for as much D from the sun as possible. First, the time of year. October through April we probably can’t get enough sun here in the Midwest, USA. Variables to take into consideration with sunlight as a source for vitamin D are, how far you are from the equator, your skin type, and time of day. You’ll want to expose your biggest area of skin, ie, your back has more surface area than your face, during the brightest time of the day. You’ll need to stay in the sun until just before you’d burn. Fare skinned people may only need 15 minutes whereas a dark skinned person may require 2 hours.
In addition to the sun, where else can we get vitamin D? Some foods I’d suggest would be salmon, beef liver, egg yolk, shiitake mushrooms, milk, yogurt, almond milk, pudding made with milk, fortified orange juice, oatmeal, cheese and eggnog and cod liver oil supplements.
It’s interesting that the RDA suggests 600 IU for people up to age 70, then 800. Many medical professionals studying the important role of vitamin D suggest we actually need more like 2000 IU a day.
I am not a medical professional – I am simply very amazed by how God wired our bodies. Do your own research and talk with your doctor about all your nutritional needs. My hope is that this provides food for thought, and maybe a starting place for your own research.
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OH! I almost forgot! To see how much D vitamin you are actually getting from the sun, check out this APP.
Watch for my next BLOG on the subject of sleep. Our body was designed to heal itself, and it heals while we sleep!
Luv and hugs, Diana
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