Question of the Day:

What is Vitamin D really and why is it so important for our health?

This is a great question because of all the studies coming out with how important Vitamin D is for our health. I think you are hard pressed to turn on the TV and not hear the importance of adding Vitamin D to your daily regimen. There are a number of great books on the market about Vitamin D than what I am able to cover in this blog post today. I would recommend checking them out.

Here are a couple of suggestion: Power of Vitamin D by Sarfraz Zaidi, Vitamin D Revolution by Soram Khalsa, and The Vitamin D Solution by Michael F. Holick.

But, let’s continue onto the question of the day. Vitamin D is not a vitamin in the same sense as Vitamin A or C, but is actually a hormone. Vitamin D is considered a hormone that will affect cellular functions as well as metabolic channels in the body. You are unlikely to get enough from your food, but through the skin being exposed to sunlight will give the highest saturation.

The effects of being Vitamin D deficient will cause a number of health issues in the body. Research points to heart disease, diabetes, crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers, with a link to Vitamin D deficiency.

As human beings, we all need sunlight for our health since the beginning of time. By taking in Vitamin D through the skin from sunlight it will last long in the body compared to through the blood supply. Most people need to supplement with Vitamin D, especially during the winter months when there is little sunlight. But, remember research still says that going out into the sunlight without sunscreen for a short time is still the best thing you can do for your body.

One of the first things to step into this new health consciousness is to expose the myth that sun exposure is bad for us and only causes cancer. This is simply not true. This is a line we have been told over the years. Of course, we must not throw causation to the wind, but to think and be wise about how our bodies will act to the sun exposure today. Through regular self-examination we can catch skin issues at the early stages, which will help our immune systems to fight off the cancer. There are so many diseases that are still in the young stages, and only a small amount of research has been done.

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