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Nutrition - Vitamin D

Vitamin D may be one of the lesser known vitamins, but it's one of the most important. Read on for the 411 on this essential mineral.

Vitamin D - Why Is It Good For You?

Vitamin D is important in the growth, development and maintainance of strong, healthy bones. It works with other vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, to promote bone mineralization. Without vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle or deformed. Kids who don't get enough vitamin D are at risk of getting rickets, a disease that affects bone growth and development. Adults with vitamin D deficiencies may get osteomalacia or osteoporosis, where bones become weak and brittle.

Vitamin D - What Foods Can It Be Found In?

In North America, milk, margarine, butter and cereals are fortified with vitamin D, which means it's added to them during production. Vitamin D can also be found in egg yolks, cod liver oil and fatty fish, such as salmon and mackerel. However, the most important source of vitamin D is the sun. When your body is exposed to ultra-violet (UV) rays from the sun, it triggers vitamin D synthesis in the skin. Although suncreens with an SPF of 8 or greater will block UV rays that produce vitamin D, it's still important to use sunscreen to help prevent skin cancer.

Vitamin D - Did U Know?

  • Vitamin D is commonly known as the sunshine vitamin.
  • Bone growth and development is the most important during your childhood and teenage years. The recommended daily intake of vitamin D for kids and teens aged nine to 18 years old is 5 micrograms, or 0.005 mg.
  • The need for vitamin D increases as peeps age.
  • By definition, a vitamin is a substance that is required by the body, but is supplied in the diet since the body can't make it. That's why vitamin D isn't technically a vitamin because it can be produced by exposing your skin to sunlight.
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I'm a 12 year old girl with really strict parents! I do chores( even handling BLEACH sometimes) , I take care of my little brother, I'm in top set for all my classes- even on the gifted and talented register and I've only ever had 1 detention- and that was their fault anyway bc I was late( they drive). But, I'm still NEVER allowed out with my friends! My friends are all in top sets as well, are well behaved and all we literally would do is window shopping. I mean, there are my age smoking shisha and doing #####- they should be lucky I'm not a delinquent! But my parents always say I can't hang out. Not because they're worried about my safety, they just dont want me to go out.! Even sleepovers, my parents always say no because they ' haven't met the parents" but they make NO effort to do so. I'm losing out on knowing my friends better and whilst they're all making best friends, at school I'm just the person in the background- the left out friend. It hurts and most of the time I wish I was fostered or something. How can I make them loosen up? ( don't say anything about sneaking out because I chose life)
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