Why do you need it?
In February we talked about Calcium- a vitamin critical for bone health- and how to get enough of it when dairy is off the table. Today we are going to hit on Vitamin D, another big player in bone health that we need to pay attention to.
The body makes Vitamin D when the sun hits the skin, but this is an inactive form. This inactive form is then activated in the liver and kidneys. Vitamin D improves calcium absorption in your gut and manages the calcium and phosphorus in your blood. The vitamin is important in nerve function, disease prevention and, of course, bone health. It was the Vitamin D in cod liver oil that proved to be the cure for the childhood disease rickets- a softening of the bones.
Just as with calcium, there are some people who have to pay special attention to Vitamin D. You may be at risk of a deficiency if you are…
- pregnant or breastfeeding
- a person with darker skin
- a person with little sun exposure (whether housebound or covered for cultural reasons)
- obese OR
- have an Inflammatory Bowel Disease