Vitamin D is is more than just vitamin. This vitamin created by our skin when exposed to sunshine is also a pleiotripic (=multiple effects), repair & maintenance steroid based hormone. Traditionally, vitamin D has been known to help your body absorb and calcium and allows this mineral to build up in your bones. Recent studies are now finding that the sunshine vitamin does much much more: vitamin D regulates and activates over 2,000 genes in your body!!
A Secret to the Glow Within
Receptors for Vitamin D have been found in almost all types of cells in the body (meaning cells need it) including your brain. This is why researchers are now finding vitamin D3 supplementation to help a wide range of disease including diabetes, cancer and depression. While some people have the ability to work around a lack of vitamin D3, and others experience serious health consequences. Regardless, of what category you fall into, everyone's body runs better when you are properly nourished with Vitamin D3.
I found a this quote that I LOVED on a website while doing research for this article:
"Our body's absorption of energy (photons) from the sun to create Vitamin D may be as significant to animal life (all animals generate Vitamin D from the sun) as the process of photosynthesis is necessary for plant life." Click here for full article.
Just like almost all of life depends on photosynthesis as a source of energy, our ability to produce and use active form of Vitamin D3 gives us our inner life force and makes us feel good. This is why we crave sunshine. So how to we activate our inner light when there is no sun?
Stay tuned:-) More coming soon.
Staying Healthy with Nutrition, Elson M.Hass, MD with Buck Levin, PhD, RD
Dr. Mercola's website: Mercola.com
Eating Alive, Dr. John Matsen, ND
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