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The importance of Vitamin D3

Posted by: Garden of Life on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I grew up in the sunny state of Colorado, and my freshman year at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) was the first time I had ever heard about Vitamin D3. It's an extremely important supplement, especially if you are living in areas of the country where fall and winter are synonymous with cloudy days and less sun! This is because Vitamin D is naturally synthesized in the body when UV rays from the sun hit your skin, and studies show that about one billion people worldwide are deficient in vitamin D. You can also get Vitamin D from your diet and supplements, such as Garden of LIfe's RAW Vitamin D3 which is a whole food vitamin D complex that is gluten and dairy-free with no binders or fillers, and contains live probiotics and enzymes. More importantly, Vitamin Code RAW D3 is a raw source of vitamin D3.


As an athlete living and training in the Pacific Northwest, it is critical to maintain healthy levels of Vitamin D in my diet, because it helps me by:

* Maintaining calcium balance- Vitamin D helps the body absorb nutrients like calcium and phosphorus, to keep my bones strong throughout the fall when I'm running close to 75 miles a week!

*Triggering the body's immune defenses- Vitamin D helps the body's white blood cells to function properly, keeping me healthy so I avoid missed weeks of training!

* Aiding in cell differentiation and reducing inflammation- Vitamin D helps the cells proliferate, which is essential to growth and healing and may also help to prevent cancerous mutations of the cells.

*Keeping my digestive system working properly- Vitamin D receptor cells are present all along your digestive system.

Live healthy and Run Happy!! 



Katie Mackey, professional 1500m runner for Brooks
For more on Katie go to http://www.katie-mackey.com

 

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