What is Vitamin D?
Vitamins D is an important chemical that your body needs for good health, it ensures that your body works well, can defend your body from some diseases and heal well.
The function of this vitamin is to regulate calcium and phosphorus absorption, help the body to main healthy bones and teeth, and serves as a protections against multiple diseases and conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes.
How Do You Get Vitamin D Your Body Needs?
There are two sources of Vitamin D, sun exposure, and food. The vitamin is produced by our skin when exposed to sunlight. Studies suggest that we get 90 percent from the sun and 10 percent from the things we eat.
Even though you can get Vitamin D from food, there are only a few foods that naturally contain the vitamin, and in small amounts. Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon, Beef liver, Cheese, Egg yolks are some examples. Yet, you can take vitamin D supplements.
Importance of Vitam D to Our Body
Our body uses Vitamin D to:
- Maintain the healthy of bones and teeth
- Support the health of the immune system, the brain, and the nervous system
- Regulate insulin levels and aid diabetes management
- Support lung function and cardiovascular health
- Influence the expression of genes involved in cancer development.
How is it Produced?
1- Sunlight converts cholesterol on the skin into vitamin D3 (calcidiol).
2- Vitamin D3 is converted into calcidiol (25-hydroxyvitamin D3) in the liver.
3- The kidneys then convert calcidiol into the active form of vitamin D.
Want to Maintain Adequate Intake of Vitamin D?
Come to Veranda Sun for a controlled UV tanning session in Boulder 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% UVBy.
At Veranda Sun in Boulder, we care about your health. Contact us to learn more about the importance of Vitamin D and how to optimize your vitamin D levels. Have questions? Ask us. Or visit us and let’s talk!
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