Vitamin D – The sunshine vitamin

Vitamin D – The sunshine vitamin

Did you know that Vitamin D is activated into 2 useable forms by the liver and kidneys? The liver converts it to (1) calcidiol and the kidneys converts it to (2) calcitrol. These 2 forms of Vitamin D do so many great jobs in our body!

Here are a few examples; Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the gut, controls cell growth, specialized cell production and controlled cell death (apoptosis) regulates inflammation, supports immunity and neuromuscular functions and bone strength.

Where can you get Vitamin D? Salmon and swordfish are good food sources of D! The sun will allow the body to produce this micronutrient naturally. This is why Vitamin D is called the Sunshine vitamin!

Many people are deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to brittle bones, age related issues, fatigue, and pain in the bones. Most people must supplement since there are fewer naturally available sources in food.

Boost your immune system with more Vitamin D! Why? Because strong immunity helps fight toxicity! There is quite a bit of emerging research (including NASA sponsored that shows that we need more Vitamin D than originally recommended.  Astronauts get 800 IU/day because they have no access to UV sunlight & get very little in their diets while in space. For most us us, sunshine is the best way to get Vitamin D. But if you limit sun exposure supplement your daily diet! I recommend 1000 IU/day – but body type & burden will affect absorption.  This is why I recommend talking to your physician about a Vitamin D plan.

Don’t forget to Get your Vitamin D!!!

Dr. Noreen, Tox Doc

Dr. Noreen, Tox Doc

Dr. Noreen, also known as "The Tox Doc", is a toxicologist that specializes in environmental, space, food and nutritional toxicology. Her personal mission is to translate the language of science for non-scientists in order to educate and inform the public of critical issues that affect their health and quality of life.

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