Vitamin D supports important functions within the body, helping to regulate the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, but perhaps the most vital is that it assist with facilitating normal immune system function. Further, getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth.
Like most nutritional and health factors, there is a significant amount of individuality when it comes to addressing our vitamin D needs. Many social and behavioral influences affect our ability to get sufficient amounts of vitamin D through sunshine alone. Factors such as being in an area with high pollution, using sunscreen, the amount of time spent indoors, living and working in big cities where buildings block sunlight, all play a part in how our bodies respond to the sun and produce this essential ‘sunshine vitamin’. In addition, your body weight needs to be taken into consideration.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and as such the more excess body weight we have, the more we need to produce and consume in order for us to reach and maintain sufficient levels in our blood. About 1 billion people have vitamin D deficiency worldwide. That is why it is important to both monitor your vitamin D levels and adjust with extra sources of vitamin D besides sunlight whenever necessary.
The source of vitamin D we use is lichen. It is a small unique plant species consisting of a symbiotic association of algae and fungus. It is found on mountainsides, rocks, and trees, in an abundance, and this natural source of Vitamin D3 is a conscious choice made for the sake of our environment