by Annita M. Taylor, MBA, MSN, APRN, ANP
Vitamin D is responsible for the increased absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate in the intestines. It also helps with immune function.
Some groups of people such as African Americans/Black, experience Vitamin D deficiency due to having a high level of melanin.
When the sunlight hits the skin, Vitamin D is made from the cholesterol in the skin cells.
Moderate sun exposure is good for your health. One of our “happy hormones”, serotonin, is triggered by sunlight that goes through our eyes; however, too much sun exposure may also make you feel extremely tired and can lead to other issues such as depression, sunburn or worse, skin cancer. Using sunscreen is recommended.
Speak with your medical provider if you think you are Vitamin D deficient and or before starting any vitamin supplementation.
Stay safe, informed, and healthy!
NP A.M. Taylor