Facts You May Not Know About Vitamin D

Jackie Harvey

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What Do you know about Vitamin D?

I think that it is safe to say that Vitamin D is currently the most talked about nutrient on the planet.  So…. How much do you know about Vitamin D?

Did You Know?

Vitamin D is produced by your skin …when your skin is exposed to direct sunlight and when you have adequate amounts of cholesterol in your body.

Sunscreen…..even weak sunscreen (SPF 8) will block your body’s ability to produce vitamin D by up to 95% which could produce a vitamin D3 deficiency!

The sunlight required to generate Vitamin D production by your skin cannot penetrate glass, so your skin won’t produce D3 when sitting in the car or by a window!

Darker skinned folks will need more exposure to sunlight to generate the same amount of vitamin D as fair-skinned people.

The further one lives from the equator the more sun exposure is needed to generate vitamin D. Those in the Northern Hemisphere especially are at risk for Vitamin D3 deficiency because even if it is sunny the sun is not as strong and it is often too cold to be outside unclothed.

Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the gut during the digestion process –insufficient vitamin D impairs the ability to absorb calcium – regardless of how many calcium supplements you take!

Up to 80% of nursing home patients are vitamin D deficient, wouldn’t it make sense for them to be given a little time outdoors in the sun or at least provide a supplement equivalent

Over-weight people have a higher risk for a D3 deficiency because D3 is a fat soluble vitamin that gets trapped in the adipose or fat tissue in the body rendering it unavailable for the body to use.

It’s almost impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from your diet.  Supplementation and sunlight exposure are the only reliable ways to obtain it.

Breastfeeding will result in vitamin D deficiency in the baby if the mother fails to ensure her own levels are high enough to provide for her baby’s needs. When the mother is deficient, the breast-fed child will be deficient due to the low vitamin D content of the mother’s breast milk.

You can test D3 levels with a kit that is sent right to your own home.  It is accurate and it is reliable to use to begin a supplement program. helpforhormones.com/Vitamin_D3_Testing/

The good news is that sensible exposure to natural sunlight for 2 to 3 times each week when the sun is around will help immensely with the production of vitamin D. When there is no sun or it is too high in the sky to make a difference consider supplementation with a D3 product. MaxxAlive – D3Spray.