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Vitamin D Is Important For Your Body to Work Properly and It Boosts The Immune System

Most people living in the Pacific Northwest lack vitamin D because of how little sun we get. Vitamin D, specifically, is produced by exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun’s rays.

Vitamin D is extremely helpful for our bodies. It helps with calcium absorption, which enable bodies to build strong bones and teeth, and vitamin D plays a key role in the functioning of the immune system. The immune system beats back infections from bacteria and viruses. Vitamin D is even related to our mood, among many other bodily functions too numerous to mention.

Adding to lower levels of vitamin D due to limited sunlight, Vitamin D deficiency is also relatively common in our elders, obese individuals, and in persons with darker skin tone (darker skin pigment absorbs less of the sun’s rays).

There is evidence that regular oral vitamin D2/D3 intake is generally safe (at the right dose). If you are reasonably healthy, the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements (NIHODS) recommends the average daily amounts below [in micrograms (mcg) and International Units (IU)].

If you want to do it naturally, NIHODS recommends eating fatty fish (e.g., salmon, tuna, and mackerel) – which is the best available source of vitamin D (the People of The Water really knew what they were talking about!). Beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks (in small amounts) provide some vitamin D. Vitamin D is also added (or fortified) to many foods including milk, breakfast cereals, and to certain brands of orange juice, yogurt, margarine, and soy beverages. Please see the NIHODS for further details (

Readers please note: If you are taking medication or have a health condition, discuss this with a qualified medical provider. This article is not intended to be a substitute for sound professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have about taking supplements of any kind

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