The human body produces vitamin D as a response to sun exposure. A person can also boost their vitamin D intake through certain foods or supplements.
Vitamin D is essential for several reasons, including maintaining healthy bones and teeth. It may also protect against a range of diseases and conditions such as Cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, type II diabetes, cancer, depression, and more.
Despite its name, vitamin D is not a vitamin, but a prohormone, or precursor of a hormone. It can be affected by ethnicity, location, and obesity. As far as ethnicity goes, the darker the skin. the harder it is for the body to synthesize Vitamin D. People that live in colder/northern climates where sun exposure is minimized, experience Vitamin D deficiency and a higher mortality rate. Obesity is a precondition that hinders Vitamin D from being fully absorbed since Vitamin D is highly lipophilic and likes to hang around fatty tissue.
Vitamins are nutrients that the body cannot create, and so a person must consume them in the diet. However, there are other ways of receiving Vitamin D such as IV infusions also know and Vitamin Drips or Infusion Therapy. This is very important to keep in mind since about 70%-80% of Americans are immunosuppressed due to Vitamin D deficiency. (Dr. Ryan Cole)
- promoting healthy bones and teeth
- supporting immune, brain, and nervous system health
- regulating insulin levels and supporting diabetes management
- supporting lung function and cardiovascular health
- influencing the expression of genes involved in cancer development
- aid in treatment for depression
Vitamin D is extremely important since every cell in the body has a receptor for it. It is the “Master Key to the Immune System”, If you are deficient in Vitamin D levels you can develop a cytokine storm. This is when an infection triggers your immune system to flood your bloodstream with inflammatory proteins called cytokines. They can kill tissue and damage your organs.
In conclusion, keeping your Vitamin D levels at an appropriate level is crucial for a healthy immune system.