Vitamin D-Your Health Depends On It
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because your skin produces it when you are out in the sun. And most people know that it is used in combination with calcium to make your bones stronger. But did you know that it provides a host of other benefits? You need to be sure to get sufficient amounts of Vitamin D-Your Health Depends On It!
- Cardiovascular Disease – sufficient levels of Vitamin D can help reduce high blood pressure and reduce the risk of a heart attack and stroke.
- Autoimmune Disease – Vitamin D can help regulate natural immune responses allowing people with autoimmune disorders to have more normalized immune function. Deficiency in D3 directly relates to autoimmune issues.
- Infections – Vitamin D can help fight infections. According to this study, taking Vitamin D supplements can help “reduce the incidence of influenza A” (which is the most common flu).
- Depression – research shows that Vitamin D plays a role in regulating mood and fights depression.
- Diabetes – lower levels of Vitamin D are associated with increased risk of diabetes. One study shows proper levels of Vitamin D provide a 40% reduction in the risk of developing Type II diabetes.
Sources of Vitamin D
- Sunshine – The sun is a great source of Vitamin D. Depending on conditions only 10-15 minutes can provide you with sufficient amounts of Vitamin D. This website explains the factors contributing to the amount you will absorb. You can also download this app which helps you get enough with getting too much radiation!
- Food – 1 teaspoon cod liver oil, 3 oz. salmon and 3 oz. mackerel all provide 100% of you daily value. Tuna provides 57% and sardines provide 41% with a 3 oz. serving.
- Supplements – If for some reason you can’t be in the sun or don’t want to eat fish everyday then you may need to take a supplement. Adults should take about 2000 IUs a day.
Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms
- General tiredness
- Unusual fatigue
- Aches and pains
- Bone or muscle weakness
- Easily fractured bones
A simple blood test done through your doctor can check your levels. I get mine checked each year when I go in for a physical. My levels were very low when I first had it tested due to the fact that I avoid the sun due to my lupus. I was getting sick frequently with colds. However since I started taking supplements the colds I get are few and far between. I had my husband start taking supplements as well. Neither of us got a single cold this year!
I would strongly recommend getting your Vitamin D levels checked – your health depends on it!