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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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Clarkguild
Dear Dish-it, Sorry to be a burden, but I need some advice. About a year ago, I decided I didn't want to live with my mom and decided to move in with my dad. After my mom found out, she told me "You are no longer my child, go drop dead and rot in hell for all I care." My siblings, especially my twin, began to threaten me and my father's lives if we were to ever step foot near them again. A year later, my dad and I get in massive fights about everything I do wrong and he never seems to try and see my point of view. He often gets ##### and compares me to my mother and his previous exes. I feel lost on what to do. I feel so alone and so...hurt. Do you have any advice? I know it's pathetic of me to rant on here, but I'm clueless and on the verge of snapping.
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heckinmemes
have you tried punching her and your dad
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LUCYQWERTY123
hey there!! well i suggest u to answer back cause i think he missed u cause he hasnt see u for a year and i know he is estranged but if u answer back maybe he wont be strange so yeah :D :D :D
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MysticalC
My dad and I are kind of estranged, we haven't spoken in a year. So my mom decides it would be a good idea to let him message me. He texted me while I was at school and now I have no idea what to do. All he said was 'Hi _, how is school?'. Do I reply? Do I not? If I do, what do I say? My mom and grandparents are no help, they just cracked jokes about it. KidzWorld has helped me with a hell lot of things, I better not be let down this time.
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jordand08
Just act like you were introducing him as one of your friends. Be yourself, wear stuff that’s comfortable. It’s okay to be nervous because everyone will be. Just hang out and have fun.
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