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Why Vitamin D Is Important for Our Health

Did you know that younger individuals with fair skin can convert sunshine into vitamin D better than those with darker skin and over 50 years of age?

There is an amount of vitamin D that is just right for our bodies to function correctly. It can’t be too much or too little. Here are three reasons why vitamin D is so crucial for our health.

Keeps Bones Strong

Vitamin D is necessary for our bodies to use calcium and phosphorus to build strong bones. The lack of Vitamin D can produce Rickets disorder in children, which makes bones weak and soft, and osteomalacia in adults.

woman laying on waterHelps Absorb Calcium Better

Once vitamin D is in your body, whether through a supplement or produced naturally by exposing yourself to sunlight, your body turns it into an active form of vitamin D. This helps absorb an optimal amount of calcium from your diet and prevents osteoporosis.

Collaborates with the Parathyroid Glands

A proper balance of calcium in the blood is achieved thanks to your body’s ability to have the parathyroid glands work with your gut, kidneys, and skeleton. If there’s enough calcium in your diet, as well as enough active vitamin D, the calcium that comes from your food will be absorbed and used throughout your body. If your levels of vitamin D are low or you’re not consuming enough calcium, your parathyroid glands will ask for some of it from your skeleton to help normalize your calcium levels.

Other Ways in Which Vitamin D Keeps Us Healthy

Proper levels of vitamin D also help keep us safe from various other health conditions, such as:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Immune system disorders and infections
  • Colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer
  • High blood pressure and heart disease

 

Healthy bodies need vitamin D to function properly. Are you getting enough of it?