Of the commonly known essential nutrients that humans need to survive, Vitamin D has the least number of reliable sources but the most powerful provider in our solar system, the Sun. Vitamin D is one of the few essential nutrients that does not always come from the consumption of food and is not so easily measured in units of weight like other vitamin minerals.
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is one of nature's steroid for increasing your body's efficiency when absorbing calcium and phosphorus. There are actually 5 types of vitamin D, but only D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol) are essential for human health. Before I explain what vitamin D does for the human body, you should know that vitamin D is really the result of a chemical reaction in your skin when absorbed through sunlight.
☉ Bone strength for maintaining a balanced level of bone mineral density.
☉ Heart strength for avoiding a multitude of cardiovascular diseases.
☉ Nerve and Brain strength for warding off Multiple Sclerosis.
☉ Prostate strength to combat Prostate Cancer.
☉ Immunity strength for adults and pregnant women.
☉ Skin strength for clearing up acne.
It has also been hypothesized that more people catch the flu during winter, exposing more people to a vitamin D deficiency until spring rolls back around. I suppose this would mean that it's in some way related to the distance between Earth and the Sun. Weaker sunshine equals a weaker chemical reaction in your skin to create vitamin D, perhaps? This would go hand-in-hand with how people closer to the equator generally have darker skin tones.
Everything in Moderation
Almost every form of life on Earth is dependent on the Sun for nutrition and energy, humans included. It's light provides you and I with the richest natural source of vitamin D currently known to man, which can strengthen your immunities and has been known to treat acne. Regulated exposure to sunlight can also improve your resistance to certain types of cancer, this process is commonly known as tanning. Sunlight is your overly energetic friend that needs to be taken in moderation; lest they get too wild and ruin your awesome sleep-over pizza party with skin cancer.
Other Sources of Vitamin D
While vitamin D is widely known as the sunlight nutrient, half a filet of Rockeye Salmon contains more than twice your recommended daily dosage. Mushrooms are known for their ability to soak up direct sunlight and convert it into edible vitamin D, but most if not all species of mushroom are weak sources of this nutrient. It takes 2 large eggs to meet roughly one tenth of your daily vitamin D, but you'll have to be willing to take that big hit to your cholesterol because of the yolks. Or if you're looking for a more specific dosage you could always get vitamin D supplements. It is also possible to take a toxic amount of vitamin D through supplements, so be sure you have the right dosage.
Vitamin D is a critical nutrient that is slowly becoming harder to obtain through conventional means. It's no mystery why vitamin D deficient diseases are popping up across the world, with the way modern living is progressively keeping us inside. Some like myself have the fortune of consistent sunshine almost every weekend; but while the option is available many still refuse to seek a little Sun-style marination, exposing themselves to severe medical conditions. So get outside for a few minutes each day, soak up some Sun and take good care of your skin and everything beneath it.
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Herbalism is the ancient art of creating antidotes, balms, oils, elixirs and the like from plant life. Oils can be used for aromatherapy. Balms and potions can accelerate healing or boost your immunities. A more common use for Herbalism is vitamins, immunity boosters and nutritional supplements.
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