Discover more benefits of the sunshine vitamin!
What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you hear Vitamin D? Probably the sun and the outdoors, right? The reason for that is that this super-important nutrient is the only one that our bodies can produce, and the only ingredient is UV exposure.
Vitamin D can also be supplied from our diet, at least in part. Fatty fish such as salmon, swordfish, or mackerel and can provide a healthy amount in one serving. Other fatty fishes such as tuna and sardines have some but in much lower amounts. Some small amounts are found in egg yolks, beef liver and fortified foods like cereal, milk and orange juice.
There is an increasing number of scientific and medical research about Vitamin D in the last years, and more discoveries are being made quite often. So how much do you really know about the importance and benefits of Vitamin D?
Helps your Immune System
Healthy levels of D are necessary to help your immune system fight diseases, viruses and infections. During flu season, vitamin D may significantly reduce your risk of the flu by up to 40%.
Maintains Bones and Teeth
Vitamin D actually helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus to maintain healthy, strong bones. Because your teeth are considered bones, you can also keep the cavities away with proper levels of vitamin D in your system. By the way, if you want your pearly whites to look white again, try our amazing Teeth Whitening service!
Regulates Insulin Levels
Healthy levels of vitamin D help the body tolerate glucose and regulate insulin secretion. Monitoring D-levels is important since early childhood, to prevent kids from developing type 2 diabetes later on.
Can Help Prevent Cancer
It has been discovered that vitamin D is critical in regulating cell growth and monitoring communication between cells, which can contribute to reducing cancer progression by slowing the growth and development of new blood vessels in the cancerous tissue.
Optimizing your Vitamin D levels in Boulder
Vitamin D is different from other vitamins, in the sense that it can be made by the human body when the skin is exposed to sunlight (UVB rays, to be more accurate!). Other vitamins need to be absorbed from food, as the body can’t make them. You can come to Veranda Sun for a controlled UV tanning session to help your body make its own Vitamin D. The UV light produced by a tanning bed is just like the one from summer sunlight: about 95% UVA and 5% UVB.