(NaturalNews) The vital importance of getting plenty of vitamin D as part of a healthy lifestyle cannot be overstated, and a newly released NaturalNews infographic explains some of the many reasons why vitamin D is crucial to health, as well as how much of it you should be getting.
Vitamin D can prevent practically every disease known to man
A prohormone, vitamin D is a crucial component of proper development, growth and maintenance of the human body. Without it, the body is prone to develop practically every disease in existence, as vitamin D's metabolic product, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (calcitriol), is responsible for unlocking more than 2,700 binding sites on the human genome (http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/what-is-vitamin-d/).
Vitamin D deficiency, in other words, can lead to high blood pressure, osteoporosis, rickets, depression, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, influenza, obesity, hair loss, and cancer. NaturalNews has covered many of the studies over the years that show this to be true, but now this information is available all in one place on the infographic.
Government guidelines for vitamin D are too low
Did you know that the federal government's guidelines for vitamin D intake are far lower than what you really need to stay healthy? The daily dosage of 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D that the government says is adequate for children and adults under the age of 70 is a mere 15 percent of the 4,000 IU daily recommendation given by many nutritionists.
While 600 IU may prevent you from getting rickets, it is not nearly enough to prevent the host of illnesses that are on the rise in modern society today. In fact, the government's recommendations are so low that government advisory boards in recent years have proposed increasing the recommended intake guidelines for vitamin D.
Vitamin D more effective than flu shot at preventing flu
The Vitamin D Guide infographic also points out that vitamin D has been shown to be far more effective than the flu shot at preventing influenza. While a mere one out of every 100 people that take the flu shot are said to avoid the flu as a result, every person that maintains optimal blood levels of vitamin D should be able to avoid the flu.
Natural sunlight exposure, vitamin D3 best ways to get vitamin D
The best way for humans to get vitamin D is to regularly expose their skin to natural sunlight. Individuals with fairer skin tones need about 15 minutes of daily sun exposure during the summer months to produce adequate levels of vitamin D in the body. Those with darker skin, depending on the shade, will need as much as an hour and a half of daily sunlight exposure.
During the winter months, it is much more difficult to get enough sunlight exposure, which is why supplementing with vitamin D3 may be necessary. You can also obtain minimal amounts of vitamin D from salmon, sardines, mackerel, shrimp, cod, eggs, fortified cow's milk and fortified yogurt. Raw milk is also said to have high levels of naturally occurring vitamin D.