Vitamin D plays a critical role in maintaining strong, healthy bones. It also plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy immune system.
90% of our vitamin D intake is made directly from sunlight exposure.. So, if it’s possible to get natural sunlight, this can help support your body in achieving its daily dose. In order to reap the vitamin D-boosting benefits of sunlight, your bare skin must come into direct contact. The other 10% of our vitamin D intake comes from dietary sources. An adequate dietary intake of vitamin D has been set at 5-10 micrograms per day. However, it's estimated that most adults only get 2-3 micrograms per day from their diet. This can be enhanced through nutritional supplements.
Vitamin D deficiency can also lead to a loss of bone density, which can contribute to osteoporosis and fractures. Severe vitamin D deficiency can also lead to other diseases like rickets.
A lack of sufficient vitamin D may lead to a weakened immune system.