Vitamin D has become a hot topic in the medical community in recent years. It is well documented that vitamin D deficiency can cause rickets in children and osteomalacia (bone softening) in adults. Vitamin D has been supplemented with Calcium to optimize absorption and prevent deficiencies.
However, there is new research touting the benefits of adequate vitamin D levels. Recent studies have shown that vitamin D supplementation can lower your risk of autoimmune illnesses, hypertension, osteoporosis, neurological diseases, and improve insulin sensitivity and resistance. Studies have found that vitamin D deficiency has been linked to liver disease and certain cancers.
Luckily, the sun contributes significantly to our daily production of vitamin D with approximately 10 minutes of exposure. In addition, there are dietary sources found in fish, eggs, and milk that can help meet our needs.
To get adequate vitamin D, make sure you are spending at least 10 minutes a day in the sun (continue to wear sunscreen) and consume foods that are high in vitamin D. If you feel that you are lacking in your intake or exposure, talk to your doctor about Calcium/Vitamin D supplementation.
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