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Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for health and is produced in the body naturally through regular sun exposure. The skin produces approximately 10,000 IU of vitamin D when exposed to 20-30 minutes of summer sun. However, with the proliferation of sun block use, many are not being exposed to the UV rays that are necessary for natural vitamin D production in the skin.
Adults striving to achieve optimum health and wellness who regularly avoid sunlight or use sun block are urged to supplement their body with 5,000 IU of vitamin D daily. To obtain this amount by drinking milk, you would need to drink 50 glasses!
Vitamin D3 is actually a neurohormone whose microbial fighting properties are as powerful as anything that has been found. That is one of the reasons why colds and flus are much less reported in countries near the equator - because of the exposure to the sun and the vitamin D3 it generates.
Supplementing your body with vitamin D3 may provide the following benefits: