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Health Benefits of Vitamin D

My daughter’s body doesn’t regulate its body temperature in the way that it was designed to. This means that my daughter doesn’t spend much time outside during the summer and winter months when temperatures are extreme. During one of her routine blood draws, it was discovered that she was deficient in vitamin D. This could be because of the lack of exposure to the sun, or because her seizure drugs deplete her body of vitamin D. Either way, I began giving her a vitamin D supplement. This vitamin actually benefits your body in a number of ways.

1. Calcium Absorption: According to the Mayo Clinic, our bodies need vitamin D in order to properly absorb calcium. This is important for the growth of healthy bones and teeth, as well as to prevent such diseases as osteoperosis later on in life.

2. Immune Health: Vitamin D aids our bodies in being healthy enough to fight off any germs or bad bacterias that get introduced into our systems. The less we get sick, the more daily activities we will be able to enjoy. That sounds like a benefit to me.

3. Limits Inflammation: If you are prone to inflammation anywhere in your body, you may be vitamin D deficient. Vitamin actually works to reduce the amount of inflammation your body can experience. This is important for individuals who suffer from arthritis, or various sports injuries.

4. A Preventative Vitamin: Taking vitamin D when you aren’t getting enough naturally from the sun will prevent many illness that come as a result of a vitamin D deficiency. These dieases include type-2 diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and heart failure.