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Friday, June 6, 2014

Fitness Friday: The Sunshine Vitamin

Why does a sunshiny day make us feel so happy?

One answer to that question could have something to do with Vitamin D - Also known as the "Sunshine Vitamin"  Though, it might be more appropriately  named "The Helper".

Vitamin D helps other nutrients to be used in our bodies. These main nutrients that Vitamin D helps out are calcium and phosphorous.

Calcium cannot be absorbed by our bodies unless Vitamin D is present to sort of introduce calcium to our bloodstream and to our bones.

Not enough Vitamin D? In 1922, scientists discovered something quite interesting and puzzling. The children who lived near the seashore didn't seem to suffer from rickets (a bone softening and brittling disease brought on from not getting enough Vitamin D in the diet). When they supplemented their diets with cod liver oil, which contains the D vitamin they were lacking, the children improved.

Vitamin D helps to build strong teeth, bones, muscle tone and even fights disease. Since you can't lasso the sun and bring it into your home, and you don't want to cause damage from too much sunshine that promotes vitamin D production - Instead,Vitamin D should be taken daily in, the very least, a multi-vitamin supplement.

See what other Fitness Friday bloggers have to say about staying fit and eating healthy:


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Find more fitness motivation at the following bloggers that are hosting Fitness Friday:

The Healthy Moms.net
Chandra Sullivan at Spark Your Motivation
Danielle Nabozny at Lip Gloss and Yoga Pants
Lisa Belanger at Inspire Me Well
Maryann Mitchell at It's Not Food, It's Me
Angela Barnets at Fit Personified
Wendi Barker at Wendi's Book Corner
Lacey Baker at Love Lacey 365
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