You might be Vitamin D Deficient right now.
Few are aware of JUST how common this is! If you've been feeling blue or keep catching colds and bugs you need to listen up.
In fact, vitamin D deficiency is so common that is now considered a global epidemic.
Statistics from the epidemiological studies report about 36% of healthy young adults and 57% of hospital inpatients in the United States.
The numbers are even higher in individuals in Europe.
Vitamin D is one of the most easily derived nutrients in human health, yet millions of us are deficient in it.
4 Reasons Your Body Needs Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a hormone that's involved in many bodily functions. It is amazing how much this vitamin can do for your health. Just a quick overview of its role-
1. Calcium absorption
Calcium absorption is dependent on Vitamin D levels. No matter how much calcium you take, if you don't have enough vitamin D in your body it won't be absorbed.
Studies show that if you have a vitamin D deficiency our body absorbs only 10% of calcium from food
2. Bone and teeth formation
There is strong evidence that low levels of vitamin D leads to malformed bone in children and more frequently broken bones in adults.
3. Immune health
Vitamin D offers a protective benefit to the immune system. It bolsters the innate immune system. This is your first line of defense which includes skin, nasal passage, sneezing etc
4. Lowers the risk of certain conditions
There is growing evidence via studies that show vitamin D deficiency linked to auto-immune diseases.
Link between vitamin D and body weight.
A 2009 study showed that vitamin D deficiency was tied to increased body fat accumulation and decreased height among young adults.
The study went on to show that women with low D levels were significantly heavier than women who had normal levels.
More research is needed on vitamin D's role in weight loss but research results so far look promising.
Vitamin D has a crucial role in your health which is why it is important to be aware of signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.
Symptoms to watch for:
- Chronic bone pain, especially at your knee joints, jaw bones
- Frequent infections and flu
- Hormonal imbalances
- Inflammation triggers
- Brain fog or feeling drowsy throughout the day
- Lethargy, loss of interest in day-to-day activities
- Feeling low or depressed
It is important to talk to your doctor for a blood work on your vitamin D status.
Are there food sources for vitamin D?
Some foods supply moderate to good amount of vitamin D but you can't entirely depend on dietary sources.
Some food sources include
- fortified milk and milk products, almond milk included.
One of the best sources of Vitamin D is natural sunlight. So get outdoors and soak up the sun!
Vitamin D supplements are by far the best way to get enough of vitamin D in your diet. Make sure to choose clean supplements that are GMO-free, and soy-free.
Yours in Health,
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