Vitamin D is Actually a Hormone: Here’s Why You Need It

GET YOUR BUTT OUTSIDE AND TAKE IN SOME SUN

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin (technically a hormone) that is generally produced by special cells in our skin, in conjunction with cholesterol. When the sun hits your skin, it sets off a series of chemical reactions that produce each of the phases of Vitamin D.

This Vitamin D3 is then transported to your liver where it is converted into the usable form of vitamin D, and then goes about doing all the wonderful things vitamin D does for us. Did you know that one of the roles of vitamin D is helping us to better absorb and utilize calcium and phosphorus? That is one of the reasons why many calcium supplements come with vitamin D included.

Boost your body’s ability to utilize these bone, teeth and nail building minerals by getting your daily dose of vitamin D through 15-30 minutes of bare skin sun exposure 3-5 times per week (longer exposure needed the darker tone your skin is and where you live in relation to the equator), eating foods high in naturally occurring vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol), and supplementing with very effective and inexpensive vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) oils which can be readily found in a health food store near you.

To ensure you get adequate levels of usable Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol), a high quality oil based liquid supplement is recommended, which can work out to getting you 1,000IU of D3 per day for as little as $0.07 per day. If you can only afford one supplement for your health, the wide array of health enhancing and disease preventative benefits that healthy levels of Vitamin D3 provides makes this the one.

Chelsea Goodrich

Chelsea is the Holistic Health Coach and Customer Support Rawkstar for YoungandRaw.com, and she loves it!!After a life-long fascination with learning about health she made the transition to a high raw, plant based diet about five years ago, and found this helped her gain relief of periodic chronic migraines, fatigue, and sleep problems.Her overall energy and mood was elevated, and her long-term acne-prone skin cleared and healed up beautifully.This experience deepened her interest in natural health studies and led her to attend and graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2011.Chelsea has also completed a health program through The Hippocrates Health Institute, a Raw Food Chef certification through The Graff Academy, and a Hot Yoga Teacher Training with Hot Yoga Doctor in 2012, and has plans to continue on to graduate studies in health.You can contact her at support@youngandraw.com or visit her website at http://www.health-genie.com.
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