CAROL’S CORNER

Here we are again . Welcome back. I'd like to thank everyone who stopped by. It was a great day in Carol's Corner. There were 54 visitor's from 7 different countries who viewed 183 posts. Days like that are truly exciting for me and make all the hours I put into this totally worth it. If I can help just one person navigate this journey, it is worth everything. So again thanks, and just know you are all important to me. In today's picture I am wearing a dress I got at Good Will here near my daughter's in Pa. I only paid $4.99 for it. In fact we just traveled to Pa.today to spend a few days with my daughter and grandkids. This makes an awesome travel dress and was perfect for church too.

And of course I had the perfect FitBit combo to complete the ensemble.
Tonight's topic is going to be the importance of Vitamin D and also as it relates to aging. So let's start out by finding what Vitamin D does in the body.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Vitamin D is needed for good health and to maintain strong bones. It does so by helping the body absorb Calcium( one of bone's main building blocks), via food or supplements. People who get too little vitamin D may develop soft, thin , and brittle bones. Vitamin D is important to the body in many other ways as well. Muscles need it to move, for example nerves need it to carry messages between the brain and every body part, and the immune system needs it to fight off invading bacteria and viruses. Together with Calcium, Vitamin D also helps protect older adults from Osteoporosis. Vitamin D is found in cells throughout the body.
HOW MUCH VITAMIN D DO I NEED ?
The amount of Vitamin D you need each day depends on your age. Vitamin D is listed in international units or IU's for short. We'll concentrate on what adults are said to need. The recommended amount for adults 19-70, is 600 IU's and for adults over 70, the recommended amount is 800 IU'S.
WHAT FOODS PROVIDE VITAMIN D ?

Very few foods naturally have Vitamin D. Fortified foods provide most of the Vitamin D in American's diet.

1) Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel are among the best sources.

2) Beef , liver, cheese , and eggs provide small amounts.

3) Mushrooms provide some Vitamin D

4) Almost all of the U.S. milk supply is fortified with 400 IU of Vitamin D per quart. But foods made from milk are not usually fortified.

5) Vitamin D is added to many breakfast cereals, and to some brands of Orange Juice, Yogurt, Margerine, and Soy Beverages.( check labels)

CAN I GET VITAMIN D FROM THE SUN?

The body makes Vitamin D when skin is directly exposed to the sun, and most people meet part of their Vitamin D needs in this way. Exposure through a window will not produce Vitamin D. Cloudy days, shade, and having dark colored skin also cut down on the amount of Vitamin D the skin makes.

Despite the importance of the sun to Vitamin D synthesis, it is prudent to limit sun exposure to decrease the the chances of developing skin cancer. When out in the sun for more than a few minutes, wear protective clothing and apply a sunscreen with a SPF of 8 or more. Tanning beds carry the same risk as sun exposure. People who take the above precautions, should include good sources of VItamin D in their diet or take a Vitamin D supplement .

WHAT KINDS OF VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?

Vitamin D is found in supplements ( and fortified foods) in two different forms: D2 ( Ergocalciferol) and D3(Calciferol). Both increase Vitamin D in the blood.

Because it's been a long day and travel and all, I am going to have to continue the discussion on the importance of Vitamin D tomorrow. I'd like to leave you with this:

We'll continue our discussion on the importance of Vitamin D tomorrow. In closing, stay motivated , stay strong, and keep moving . Till next time, God Bless.

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