There's been quite a bit of talk about Vitamin D lately, which is great to see because it's not only very important for the maintenance of good health and wellbeing but it also helps to prevent some serious health conditions.
Common symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency include hormonal upsets, poor digestion, brittle bones, osteoporosis, and vague aches and pains. It's important to continue getting this vitamin because it's only stored in the body for a short time. Vitamin D is essential for the growth of children and when combined with vitamin A helps to prevent colds and the flu.
This vitamin improves the absorption and utilization of phosphorous and calcium needed for bone formation and is produced by the body when there is sunlight on the skin. The best way to obtain Vitamin D is from sunlight. Try to be out in the sun for around twenty minutes per day and before 10 am and after 3 pm so you don't get sunburnt.
Other natural sources of this vitamin include oily fish such as salmon, herring, tuna, and sardines; fresh fruits, spinach, corn, eggs, sprouted seeds, and dairy foods. Herbs that contain Vitamin D include stinging nettle, and alfalfa.
Increased demand of the vitamin is needed for health problems such as breast cancer, Crohn's disease, hypoparathyroidism, intestinal disorders, bile problems, kidney disorders, lack of exposure to sun, autoimmune reactive arthritis, lactation, mineral oil intake, liver disease, pregnancy, smog exposure, rickets, vegetarianism, and ulcerative colitis.
Indications for Vitamin D include heart transplants, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and diabetes. Deficiency may be associated with or cause cramps, diarrhoea, insomnia, nervousness, retarded growth, softening of bones, and teeth; burning in the mouth and throat, skeletal abnormalities, and myopia.
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