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Body Talk 19/6/19

Vitamin D is found in mushrooms exposed to sunlight, and in sunlight itself, along with oily fish. Our body manufactures vitamin D when it’s exposed to sunlight, so, not surprisingly many of us are lacking in this important vitamin which contributes majorly to our overall physical and mental health.

Vitamin D in itself is biologically inert, it has to be processed by the liver and kidneys first before it can start to do its work. Therefore it’s vital to take care of kidney and liver function in order to absorb vitamin D most efficiently.

For decades vitamin D was thought to be solely responsible for bone health, as a lack of it was found in those who had rickets, and bone softening. If it is absorbed properly into the body vitamin D does indeed strengthen bones, but it has many other functions too.

Vitamin d is found in most of our body cells, it is important to our immune system, it is present in our genes, is good for heart health and may even play a part in warding off cancer, and kidney disease, and low levels of this vitamin could also be responsible for some types of diabetes as it helps to stimulate insulin production, and lack of it has also been linked to asthma in adults.

So it truly is the sunshine vitamin, so get outside and build up your reserves while you can, difficult at times I know, so there are alternatives in the form of supplements.

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