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Vitamin D: What is it and why do you need it?

Vitaimn D - Vital Hydration and Wellness
Commonly known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is produced in the body when you are exposed to sunlight. It is also occurs naturally in a few foods — including some fish liver oils, fish, egg yolks and in fortified dairy and grain products.   Vitamin D is critical for strong bones because it helps the body absorb calcium more efficiently. Deficiency has been associated with rickets, an illness of the bone tissue that leads to soft bones and skeletal deformities. However, research is revealing the importance of vitamin D in protecting against a bunch of other health problems. Vitamin D deficiency may result in symptoms of muscle weakness and bone pain. However, for many people, the symptoms can be understated. Yet, even minimal symptoms, too little vitamin D can pose huge health risks. Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated with the following:  Increased risk of cardiovascular disease  Depression  Cognitive impairment  Cancer When the Vitamin D levels are replenished, the benefits are amazing. Optimal levels of the vitamin help fight disease. Research from a 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that Vitamin D can reduce your risk of multiple sclerosis. Other research shows that having adequate levels decreases your chance of developing heart disease and reduces the chance you may get the flu! Research has also shown that vitamin D may play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. That’s right, Vitamin D plays a huge role in regulating your mood. In one study, scientists found that patients with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed a marked improvement. Moreover in people with fibromyalgia, researchers found vitamin D deficiency was more common in those who were also experiencing anxiety and depression. One the coolest benefits of Vitamin D—It helps with weight loss! If you’re trying to lose weight, supplement with Vitamin D. Vitamin D injections are a great way to replenish and increase your body’s vitamin D level. Studies have shown that people who take calcium and vitamin D were able to lose more weight than those who didn’t. Apparently, the extra calcium and Vitamin D acts as an appetite suppressant.

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