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The Importance of Vitamin D
November 10, 2016
sunshine_The Importance of Vitamin D

The other day I was feeling very sick.  I was stuffed up,  congested,  and all around miserable.

I realised that the best idea was to go outside and stand in the sun.  As I did so, I felt the mucous drying up, the coldness leaving.  I knew my problem was too much ‘inside’ time, not enough ‘outside’.

Recently, I came across a study being done in the United Kingdom. There is an inquiry into the importance of Vitamin D, especially in Children.

The question of how much vitamin D is needed, and how long should a child be in the sun,  is under debate.   For the U.K. doesn’t have as much and as strong a Sun as we do in the Tropics.

Here, in Jamaica, we have a fairly powerful sun which shines most days in the year.  In the U.K. they have shorter days during the winter, much shorter, and it is often dark and gloomy.

Further, the U.K. has a lot of people from other parts of the world who are not used to such a truncated ‘day’.

To produce Vitamin D,  children with dark skin need to spend more time in the sun to produce similar amounts of vitamin D than someone with lighter skin.  This means that those in England from Jamaica or Africa would have to be out for quite a long time.

Without  Vitamin D a body can not absorb calcium into the bones and cells. This can lead to children developing a condition called rickets, which can cause permanent bone deformities, weakened muscles and reduced growth.

Vitamin D is also found in some foods. Fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel, trout, sardines and fresh tuna have this vitamin.   It is also put into ‘fortified foods’ such as cereals, some milk drinks and spreads.    But one doesn’t know how much is being absorbed by the body.

Sending  kids outside to play, instead of letting them vegetate over a mindless game is a good way to see that you and your children get the quantity of Vitamin D they need.

And if you feel sick; go sit in the sun.


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    1. I just told someone just how important Vitamin D is two day ago. Alot of people do not know what they are missing and how important it is, sometime we just need to take a walk outside…..that’s all it takes!!

      • Exactly! Humans were not born to live in Caves… take shelter yeah… but be in the sun. Or else we wouldn’t be able to metabolism sunshine. I was surprised to see the BBC item just after I had mentioned it.

    2. Sun bath is a better idea to improve the Vitamin-D contents in our body. Doing so is free and very easy. You just need to sit and consider your job done. Rest of the duty is to be done by the Sun.

      It becomes difficult to take vitamins orally and it costs a lot. Oral intake is not that effective.

      • Exactly. Simply go and bake in the sun for awhile. You will feel better. The Vitamin D is quickly absorbed.

    3. If you want to lower your blood pressure, vitamin D may be just what the doctor ordered.

      If you’re trying to reduce your risk of diabetes or lower your chances of heart attacks, rheumatoid arthritis, or multiple sclerosis, then vitamin D should be at the front of the line in your daily supplement regimen.

      As the research into vitamin D is accumulating, it’s hard to know where the accolades should start. “Activated vitamin D is one of the most potent inhibitors of cancer cell growth,” says Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD, who heads the Vitamin D, Skin, and Bone Research Laboratory at Boston University School of Medicine. “It also stimulates your pancreas to make insulin. It regulates your immune system.”


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