June 12, 2024

Vitamin D, The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D, popularly called ‘The sunshine vitamin’ is the most important micro-nutrient which contributes to mostly everything from immunity to brain-functioning.

It is a standout vitamin as your body is able to make most of what is needed through exposure to sunlight. Certain food and nutritional supplements can also help to boost our Vitamin D levels in our bodies.

Why Vitamin D?

  • Healthy Bones & Muscles: Vitamin D promotes absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the body, both of which are very important for bone health.
  • Immune system: Vitamin D supports the immune system and reduces the risk on auto-immune diseases.
  • Boosts our energy levels, resulting in less fatigue.
  • Helps the cognitive health and mood. 

Some Interesting facts:

Vitamin D deficiency is more common in people with higher melanin (darker skin) as the melanin act as a barrier in the absorption of vitamin D through sunlight.

It is also common in people who wear clothing with extensive skin coverage as their skin is not exposed to sunlight.

High levels of fat or high BMI can also limit the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D.

People who live in Northern latitudes i.e. shorter day light period esp. during the winter times have more chances of Vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D is not a vitamin but a hormone or an active pro-hormone. It helps with bio-logical actions in our bodies also helps control how cells and organ’s function. 

Can you have excess of Vitamin D?

Absolutely, Excessive vitamin D can lead to hypercalcemia ( too much of calcium build up in the body), which may lead to fatigue, weak bones, kidney troubles like stones, brain fog and loss of appetite.

As per NHS guidelines, 10 micrograms of vitamin D Supplement a day is enough for most people, if in doubt you can also get your levels of vitamin D tested via a blood test.

To summarise, Vitamin D is essential for the bones and teeth, the immune system, brain health, and for regulating inflammation. Our bodies can produce it as a response to sun exposure and you cannot overdose on it through exposure of sunlight. Also always remember to protect your skin if you are out in the sun for longer periods to reduce the risk of any skin damage.

 

Note: the above article is for information purposes and is part of the natural remedies to common problems. If you have specific concerns or persistent health problems, please contact your GP.


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in World of Wellness

UNDERSTANDING INFLAMMATION
UNDERSTANDING INFLAMMATION

June 14, 2024

Inflammation is a dynamic process through which our bodies learn to defend and heal against any harmful stimuli.
Read More
PureXtracts- How to protect against Hay Fever
How to protect against Hay Fever

May 01, 2024

Know more about Hay Fever- what it is, how to protect against it naturally
Read More
Importance of Sleep
Importance of Sleep: Nurturing Your Body and Mind

April 16, 2024

Sleep is not merely a time of rest; at its core, it is a restorative process.
Read More