Why is Vitamin D so important? What is the benefit of vitamin D to your immune system?
Vitamin D has so many benefits.
Vitamin D plays an important role in our body. Studies have shown recently that one in three Australians is Vitamin D deficient. Due to many factors from cultural perspectives, office workers, the elderly, avoidance of sun exposure by concerns of sunburn and melanoma, lack of outside activities due to excess computer usage which are high among the young, and adults. Vitamin D deficiency is related to an array of conditions which may include: - osteoporosis - diabetes - cancer - autoimmune diseases - rheumatoid arthritis - multiple sclerosis - Crohn's, celiac disease, - infertility, cystic fibrosis. Vitamin D not only maintains our calcium levels, by depositing calcium from our blood to the skeletal bones which enhances mineralization, it also plays a critical role in many cellular tissues in fat digestion and absorption, function of the kidneys, liver, and pancreas, it also disrupts unwanted viral and bacterial pathogens that are present in our system, which supports our innate immune system. Calcium levels and vitamin D ratios are very important, an excess can decrease vitamin D levels. Vitamin A, curcumin from turmeric and foods rich in antioxidants, magnesium, phosphorous, will help in the absorption of VItamin D. There are some foods which contain a reasonable amount of vitamin D, which are oily fish, cod, wild caught salmon, dairy, sprouted seeds. So enjoy the sunshine, soak up the rays, 20 minutes a day sitting in the sun is the best medicine.
What are your vitamin D levels? Are you at risk?
At Natural Rhythm Wellbeing, I will able to test your Vitamin D levels and other deficiencies through functional pathology.