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The Sunshine Vitamin

Updated on February 22, 2013
Sunshine Vitamin
Sunshine Vitamin

Check your Vitamin D Levels!

A deficiency in vitamin D does not manifest in an obvious medical problem. Any wonder then that one out of every three Australians has a deficiency without realizing the fact. (this is according to a recent news report)

My doctor stated that the more people work indoors in our modern day the more prevalent this deficiency becomes.

Sunlight is the natural source of vitamin D. Exposure to sun before 11am and after 3pm for 15mins a day should be enough to cover your daily needs. It is advised that being in the sun without sunscreen (except for the face) allows the body to absorb vitamin D the way nature intended.

This vitamin can be taken in tablet form and if so the recommended dosage is as follows.

DAILY INTAKE of VITAMIN D

1 – 70 years of age - 600IU

71 plus - 800IU

Pregnant / lactating - 600IU

Infants

0 – 12 months - 400IU daily

A dietary intake of vitamin D is in foods such as fish, meat, eggs, and in some countries milk contains vitamin D.

Low levels of vitamin D are linked to many cancers, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and more, while high levels prevent and protect against such diseases.

PREVENTION

Rickets in children and Osteomalacia (Bone thinning disorder in adults)

Vitamin D promotes the body’s absorption of calcium helping maintain healthy bones and teeth while low serum Vitamin D may contribute to bone and cartilage loss associated with the increased risk of bone fractures and Osteoporosis.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

  • Vitamin D may improve strength, function and balance.
  • Improves bone density and strength by decreasing the amount of calcium excreted through the urine.
  • May reduce falls in the elderly

It is encouraging to see that public awareness through the media has increased lately.

Hopefully, my input above will add to that awareness, and although I don’t lay claim to any medical training, I did investigate the subject matter having recently found out that my own Vitamin D level was very low.

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    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      One can be deficient in vit D without being aware of it. Since I have taken vit D on a regular basis bringing my level up to normal my energy levels have improved. This is why I was keen to spread the message.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      BlissfulWriter 

      6 years ago

      I read that vitamin D is vitally important. Since many people are deficient in it, I take vitamin D supplements -- more so in the winter time.

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      How pleasing it is to hear that someone has benefited from anothers research. Thanks for the "share" and "vote."

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      6 years ago from Pune, India

      LadyLyell,

      I knew a little about Sunshine and Vitamin D, but you have added a lot to my knowledge. Thank you. Voted up and shared.

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thank you Donna for the comment and vote. The research is worth while if it alerts readers to check their levels in order to prevent illness.

      Your informative article on Vitamin C was appreciated.I thought that oranges were the one and only fruit to receive the vitamin but there you go, "live and learn"!

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      Donna Cosmato 

      6 years ago from USA

      Great hub on another crucial vitamin that many people lack. It looks like you did an extensive research job and I for one really appreciate your efforts. Voted up!

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      mikeq107 

      6 years ago

      I live in Cloudy Portland and every morning I use a Happy light to start my Day....For years I thought Iwas depressed and then learned it was lack of sunshine. Ireland need I say more is green like Oregon for a reason...no wonder we drank so much over there :00)

      Went to Maui Last august and my health went though the roof...my writing flowed ...so asap we plan to over there..life is too short....Great hub LadyL Yellllll :0))) have a great sunnny sun day!!!!

      Mike :0)

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      lpanfil 

      6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I live in Cleveland, Ohio. Need I say more! I'm going to take some D right now.

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      I am glad you enjoyed the article. Shamefully I do not walk in the sun as much as you do but intend to. The weather does have to be favourable and so far this summer in Sydney has not been kind to us.

      Let's just get those vitamin levels checked!

    • Hummingbird5356 profile image

      Hummingbird5356 

      6 years ago

      For quite a few years I too have worked inside and not had as much sun as I should. As a result of not working this summer because of illness I have been out walking almost every day. We have had a good, dry summer so hopefully my vitamin D levels are good now.

      Thanks for an interesting hub.

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thank you for taking a keen interest in my article highlighting the importance of having the right intake of vitamin D daily.

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      RTalloni 

      6 years ago from the short journey

      So glad to see this topic highlighted! We definitely need more public awareness. Doctors' research had this all wrapped up a few years ago, but now we know better!

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Mark, thanks for taking such a keen interest in my article and heeding the information provided.Of course the content far outways the importance of formatting and pics.

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      Mark 

      6 years ago

      Great formatting and pics LadyLyell and of course a good reminder of the importance of the sunshine vitamin.

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thank you oceansnsunsets for the interest in my article.

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      LadyLyell, thanks for sharing this important information on the Sunshine Vitamin. We can't perform or feel our best when we have things lacking in our systems. Great hub!

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      SanneL 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      Thanks for the awareness hub-LadyLyell!

      We have plenty of the sunshine vitamin here in Greece, but sometime that isn't enough if you have a job that keeps you inside all day long, so it's always a good thing to check the vitamin level with a doctor.

      As always I enjoy visiting you and reading your very well written articles,

      Sannel

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thank you Sarena for the compliment and I hope you found the information useful.

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      Sarena 

      6 years ago

      Love the title of your story and the picture, so appropriate.

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Pleased this info was helpful. You don't have much sunshine in Holland or do you?

      Thanks for the comment!

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      DAWNEMARS 

      6 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe

      Great hub! Thanks for sharing the info. Voted up

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