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I just recently read an article about the sun and vitamin D. I was surprised to read that many Arizonans may be lacking in this vitamin. The sun is our primary source of vitamin D, so how could Arizonans possibly be lacking vitamin D from the sun? Phoenix is even referred to as “The Valley Of The Sun.” It’s puzzling. But after reading this article, it all made sense! See, here in Arizona it’s HOT, actually summers are beyond hot and far beyond disgusting.  It’s downright dangerous!  Apparently the sun gives off the most vitamin D in the afternoon when the sun is at it’s peak, and also during the summer months.  That explains it!  In the summer, people here in Arizona, Phoenix namely, do not spend time outdoors! If they do, it’s early morning or late evening after the sun’s gone down. Did I mention…it’s just too hot? We run to our cars, then run into the store, then run back to our cars, then run into our house…on and on!  We come out in the winter months!  That’s it!  :)

Many studies have proven the importance of this free nutrient on overall body and brain health! We all need to ensure that we are getting our daily allowance of vitamin D.  It’s crucial.  It’s particularly important for heart health.  Normalizing vitamin D levels also help fitness by improving muscle function, preventing bone problems, help with recovering from training & competition, and can reduce unexplained muscle pains.  Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with disease and health conditions such as cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Vitamin D3 is the type of vitamin D that you produce when your skin is exposed to sunlight; supplements are usually derived from animal sources of the vitamin.  The other common type, vitamin D2, is obtained from plant sources and is usually the type used to fortify milk and other foods.  Studies show that both types of vitamin D are equally effective in raising the levels of vitamin D in your body.  Recommended daily allowance is 200 IU per day, but after the age of 50 it’s 400 IU per day.

I think a physical once a year, and getting your levels checked is great proactive care!  On top of that, eat right and exercise!  Get out in the sun, just don’t get too much!  Sunshine is great for our minds and our eyes (no, don’t look directly into the sun), and our overall wellbeing. It’s all about moderation!

Boost daily vitamin D by:

  • Sunshine
  • Food
  • Supplements

For those ladies (wink wink) who may be facing menopause, vitamin D can be your friend! Load up!

I promote ‘studying!’ Get out there and read up on nutrition and health!  Educate yourself! Knowledge is your best defense!

Staying healthy is crucial to a long, happy & successful life! You must take your health into your own hands!  Know what you need to do, and then do it! Stay on the sunny side of life!

Sunny love!

Mary

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