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Suns out, guns out! Vitamin D is an extremely important within the body as it plays a key role in keeping us healthy find out how with Vision PT
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By Dan Allan at Mona Vale

Vitamin D is an extremely important within the body as it plays a key role in keeping us healthy and functioning properly. Vitamin D is actually a hormone that controls the expression of over 1000 genes in the body.

Vitamin D is fat soluble and is stored in the liver and fatty tissues. Vitamin D is available in small quantities in food but our primary source comes from endogenous synthesis i.e. absorbing the Suns UVB rays through the skin.

Within Australia, almost 1 in 4 people are deficient in Vitamin D. This increases in winter with over 1 in 3 people becoming deficient.

This deficiency manifests within the body in the following ways:

  • Often getting respiratory tract infections - Impaired wound healing.
  • Fatigue and tiredness - Bone loss.
  • Bone and back pain - Hair loss.
  • Depression - Muscle pain.

Deficiencies in Vitamin D are often found in the following demographics:

  • The Elderly: Your body's ability to synthesise vitamin D declines with age. Research has shown that a 70-year-old may produce 4 times less vitamin D than their 20-year-old former selves.
  • The Obese: As vitamin D is fat soluble, those with higher fat stores have a greater difficulty releasing it into the bloodstream.
  • People in areas with low amounts sunlight: Generally, in areas of the Northern & Southern latitudes. Less UVB radiation from the sun reaches the atmosphere in these areas.
  • The Darker-Skinned: Increased melanin in the skin provides a natural sunscreen against the damaging effects of UV radiation. However, as a trade-off, the synthesis of vitamin D in reduced.

Having adequate amounts of vitamin D will provide the following benefits:

  • Maintaining healthy bones.
  • Supports immune, brain and nervous system health.
  • Regulating insulin levels.
  • Supports lung function and cardiovascular health.
  • Influencing the expression of genes involved in cancer development.

Spending short periods of time absorbing the Sun's rays will improve your health and wellbeing. Supplementing with vitamin D is a relatively inexpensive way to top up your vitamin D levels at times when your exposure to the sun is low or have pre-existing low levels of vitamin in your blood.  Discuss with your GP if you feel you may be suffering from low levels of vitamin D.

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