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Vitamin D is a hormone-like substance that is produced in the skin during exposure to sunlight. It has many important functions in the body, including strengthening bones, promoting a healthy immune system and protecting against a wide range of diseases. Vitamin D helps to regulate cellular replication in a very important way. Specifically vitamin D helps cells to differentiate (become specialised), and inhibits cells from proliferating, or growing in an out of control way. It is thought that these are the reasons why vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of various types of cancer, including breast cancer, as well as cancer of the colon and prostate. An Australian study conducted in 2001, detected mild or moderate vitamin D deficiency in more than one in three women during summer, and one in two women during winter. This is quite shocking, as we live in the sunburnt country! Those most at risk of vitamin D deficiency include people with dark skin, women who practise veiling, people taking certain medications (such as anti-epileptic drugs), and people who spend most of their time indoors. Sunscreen inhibits the manufacture of vitamin D in the skin. It’s healthy to get some regular exposure to the sun’s rays on uncovered skin. However prolonged sun exposure can be hazardous and inconvenient, and vitamin D is found in very few foods therefore supplementing with vitamin D may be the best option. Your body’s level of vitamin D can be accurately tested with a simple blood test.
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Hormones are chemical messengers in the body, produced in various glands such as the ovaries, thyroid, pancreas and adrenals. There are many types of hormones, with each having their own specific effect and all coming together to control every function in our body. A well-balanced hormonal environment is necessary for optimal health.
Our reproductive hormones are:
• estrogen (estrone, estradiol, estriol)
What are Bio-Identical Hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are, as the name implies, identical to the hormones produced in the body. They are produced from precursors found in plants such as soy and wild yam. The body recognises, absorbs and utilises these hormones because they are identical to that which it would naturally produce on its own. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can, therefore, be used effectively and safely.