Why are Vitamins D & B12 Important for our Health?
by Bee Green • published on July 15, 2013
Most of us go about our days naively unaware of how hard our bodies are working for us. We are walking, talking, jumping, thinking, running, sleeping, removing waste and fighting off diseases because of the internal functions of our bodies.
The human body is a multifaceted and complicated entity made up of a variety of systems that all work together for us. Without pausing, our bodies work to create and keep balance within our internal selves so that we can enjoy our external existence to its fullest. From the moment of conception, our bodies are put to labor; cleaning, strengthen, fighting, absorbing and sharing the substances deemed necessary for our healthiest existence.
We, our bodies’ masters strongly encourage the way our systems function by the foods we eat, the environment we live and work in and by the state of our emotional presence. Vitamins are the most positive influence our systems have; in addition to exercising and ingesting water, ingesting adequate amounts of the 13 essential vitamins are just the fuel our bodies need to keep us at the highest level of health and wellness. Each vitamin preforms tiny acts of kindness to our insides, some vitamins regulate cell development and fight nasty free radicals while others strengthen our bones, clear our troubled skin and convert blood sugar into energy. While all vitamins are important, the two that make the biggest impression to our wellness are the vitamins B12 and Vitamin D.
Facts about Vitamin B12:
One of the most important types of B complex vitamins, Vitamin b12 is the water soluble vitamin that helps to maintain the function of our nervous systems. Vitamin b12 boosts our immunity, increases our metabolism, produces healthy red blood cells and lowers the risk of certain types of cancers as well as wards of disease of the liver and kidneys. Vitamin b12 is present in foods such as beef, eggs, chicken, tuna, yogurt and milk. A deficiency in B12 can result in emotional disturbances, digestive imbalances and mental instability.
Facts about Vitamin D:
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps our entire body maintain its function, in fact, without sufficient amounts of vitamin D our bodies will suffer drastically. Vitamin D is responsible for the absorption of phosphate and calcium as well as the growth and development of our bones. D vitamins also improve the function of our brains and GI tract as well as improving the integrity of our immune systems. Inadequate amounts of beneficial vitamin D can result in rickets, depression, osteoporosis, increase risk of cancer and total immune system degradation. Vitamin D is abundant in foods such as egg yolks, fish, milk, cheese and exposure to the sun. Nicknamed the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D can be synthesized from the sun; just 10 to 15 minutes of sunscreen free sun exposure at least twice a week will provide sufficient amounts of Vitamin D.
Supplements are available for both vitamin B12 and Vitamin D and can be taken in liquid or pill form after a doctor’s consultation and recommendation.