6 Things You Should Know about Vitamin D

Vitamin D has been around for a long time, but I am hearing some confusing messages around this topic lately. The way for me to get clear on something is to research and write about it.   Here we go!

1. Sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D, Hormone D? What is it anyways?
In the strict sense, a vitamin is defined as “an organic substance present in minute amounts in the natural diet that is essential to normal metabolism. Insufficient amounts of vitamins in the diet may cause deficiency diseases. A hormone is defined as a substance formed in one organ but transported in the blood to another organ and capable of altering the functional activity of that target organ”(1).
Since neither Vitamin D2  (ergocalciferol) nor Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) has the function of a hormone in the body, these two compounds cannot be classified as hormones. These are vitamins. However, once these vitamins are processed by the liver and kidneys, Calcitriol  (activated vitamin D) is produced. This is a hormone.

2. Where does Vitamin D come from?
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. Our bodies naturally produces vitamin D by Continue reading “6 Things You Should Know about Vitamin D”

Stop Procrastinating!

I had to give myself a little talking to. I’ve been procrastinating on a few things that are important to me.  This is not about medical issues, but we can all use a little pep talk once in a while to get us off our butts!  So here we go.

I have been wanting get back to a regular workout routine for 2 months. But it still hasn’t happened.  Maybe I’ll just wait until New Year 2019 and make this my “New Year’s Resolution”.  “But wait,” a little voice in my head said: “how did this work out for you last year? And the year before?  Thought so”.  And this voice continued:    Continue reading “Stop Procrastinating!”