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Most of love lying in the fine sand of the beaches, tanning their skins. But besides obtaining that stunning gold concoction of skin, absorbing the bright sun rays of the Sun can also make a difference inside us: Vitamin D. Let us explore more on what this vitamin can give and do to us. Just lie in that sand and learn…

Vitamin D is often called “Sunshine Vitamin” for it can be is manufactured by our skin after exposing ourselves to the ultraviolet radiation that the Sun gives to the Earth. On the other hand, we can also find from liver; eggs; salmon, tuna, sardines, and other fatty fish and especially, to the fortified milk in the industries nowadays.

A disease called “Rickets” which softens the human bones was once widespread among children living in places that had little contact to sunlight in winter. This is typical among the northern cities. And to aid this, the usage of milk fortified with vitamin D was introduced to aid this disease and an incredible number of this disorder in children banished. Physicians then suggested sorts of supplements to avoid the infants from obtaining rickets since they fed only with breast milk which has too little vitamin D. On the other hand, exposure to sunlight can result to some diseases too like the skin cancer. With this, the increased use of sunscreens to prevent skin cancer was spread. It lowers the body’s exposure to ultraviolet radiation while it increases the likelihood of vitamin D deficiency. However some people have less ability to produce this vitamin from ultraviolet radiation of the sun like the African Americans and other people with dark skin. To aid this, vitamin D supplements are endorsed for people with dark skin who receive little exposure to sunlight.

Vitamin D is essential for us in keeping our teeth and bones strong and healthy. This helps our intestines in absorbing calcium while controlling the amounts of the minerals calcium and phosphorus in our blood which are all have a vital role in building bones and teeth. Having calcium taken without enough amount of vitamin D will only have a little effect on keeping our bones healthy.

The deficiency in vitamin D can start the rickets in children or even add to the possibility of osteoporosis (loss of bone mass) on an individual. In a recent study, it was suggested that vitamin D may help us protect against some cancers and can also strengthen one’s immune system. It is also been associated in slowing Alzheimer’s disease.

However, since vitamin D is soluble in fats and will be stored in the body later, too much intake of vitamin D regularly can cause health problems, too. The excessive absorption of this for more than 50 mg (2,000 IU) per day can lead to vitamin D cause nausea, poisoning, vomiting, constipation, and weight loss. Too much vitamin D also can lead to confusion and unusual heartbeats by increasing the amount of calcium in the blood.

If I were you, buddy, I wouldn’t lie day for an hour.

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