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Vitamin D, Why the “Sunshine” Vitamin Is So Important Now, Danube Jacobs L.Ac.

Did you know that your body produces vitamin D naturally when it is directly exposed to sunlight?

You can also get vitamin D through certain foods, it can be difficult to get enough vitamin D each day through sun exposure and food alone, so taking vitamin D supplements can help.

While most people know that Vitamin D is produced by the body naturally when exposed to sunlight and helps with the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, many don’t realize that it is a key component in fighting disease and that they can have deficient levels even while living in a sunny place like Arizona.

With recent events and the threat of a virus before us, it is more important than ever to make sure our Vitamin D levels are sufficient. Vitamin D facilitates normal immune function, helping to reduce the likelihood of developing the flu or other infections. It helps decrease the chance of developing heart disease and research has shown that vitamin D may play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression.

Having your Vitamin D levels checked will give you a good baseline of where you are and how much you may need to supplement. 1,000-5,000 IU is usually within the safe range to take for a relatively short period of time (3-6 months) with no adverse effects if you want to cover your bases without getting a blood test, which may be difficult to do at this time.

We highly recommend to all our patients to supplement their vitamin D at this time, and we are happy to announce that as of today we are carrying Thorne brand Vitamin D, 5,000 IU for purchase. Most importantly, regardless of where you get your Vitamin D, make sure it is of a good quality source.

Be healthy and stay safe. We care about you.

Danube is a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese Medicine for over 5 years. She graduated from the reputable Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 2010 with a Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine; and in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In addition to acupuncture, she is nationally certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine, NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol, One Thousand Hands Buddha Qi Gong and Reiki level III. She also has further education and training in Colorpuncture, Craniosacral Therapy and Flower essence Therapy.

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