Our modern lifestyle is one of the leading causing of malnutrition and chronic ailments in western civilization. Daily we move from cubicle to cubicle with brief moments in a moving cubicle(automobile), avoiding the sun like one of moviedomes most feared villains…Dracula.
Because of this, Vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common not only in the US but most of the modern world. But many people mistakenly believe they aren’t at risk because they consume vitamin D fortified foods such as milk.
Milk doesn’t naturally contain vitamin D, raw or otherwise. Synthetic vitamin D is added to cow’s milk, soy milk, and rice milk but there are problems with products enriched with vitamin D.
What are some of the causes of Vitamin D deficiency?
- skin color(darker skinned people need to be exposed to sun longer than lighter skinned people)
- average sun exposure
- whether a person has any medical problems (for example, liver or kidney disease)
- Living far from the equator where there is little year-round sun.
- Excessive us of sunscreen.
- Staying indoors.
What are some symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency?
- Getting Sick or Infected Often – One of vitamin D’s most important roles is keeping your immune system strong. If you become sick often, especially with colds or the flu, low vitamin D levels may be a contributing factor.
- Fatigue and Tiredness – Feeling tired can have many causes and vitamin D deficiency may be one of them. Unfortunately. Case studies have shown that very low blood levels of vitamin D can cause fatigue that can cause a severe negative effect on one’s quality of life.
- Bone and Back Pain – Vitamin D is involved in maintaining bone health through a number of mechanisms. For one, it improves your body’s absorption of calcium. Bone pain and lower back pain may be signs of inadequate vitamin D levels in the blood.
- Depression – Depression may also be a sign of deficiency. Researchers have linked vitamin D deficiency to depression, particularly in older adults.
- Impaired Wound Healing – Slow healing of wounds after surgery or injury may be a sign that vitamin D levels are too low. Results from test-tube studies suggest that vitamin D increases the production of compounds that are crucial for forming new skin as part of the wound-healing process.
- Bone Loss – Vitamin D plays a crucial role in calcium absorption and bone metabolism. Many older women who are diagnosed with bone loss believe they are calcium deficient. However, they may be deficient in vitamin D as well. Low bone mineral density is an indication that calcium, magnesium and other minerals have been lost from the bones. Which places older people, especially women, at an increased risk of fractures.
- Hair Loss – Hair loss is often attributed to stress, but when hair loss is severe, it may be the result of disease or nutrient deficiency. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease characterized by severe hair loss from the head and other parts of the body. Low vitamin D levels are linked to alopecia areata and may be a risk factor for developing the disease.
- Muscle Pain – There is some evidence that vitamin D deficiency may be a potential cause of muscle pain in children and adults. In one study, 71% of people with chronic pain were found to be deficient.
- Allergies – Allergic conditions of nearly all types, including asthma, chronic rhinitis, food allergies, eczema, and even anaphylaxis have become much more common over the past few decades. In some instances, this can be explained by the hygiene hypothesis, but some experts think that this is also related to vitamin D deficiency.
Supplemental vitamin D comes in two forms: ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). The natural one D3 contain the same vitamin D your body manufactures when exposed to the sun. The synthetic one vitamin D2, is sometimes known as ergocalciferol.
Vitamin D2 has disgusting origins, it’s created by irradiating yeast and other molds, D3 by irradiating animal oils and cholesterol.
Fortunately for me, I live in South Florida and have access to the beach and unlimited sun. Even though I run or walk on the beach weekly, I’m still not getting enough vitamin D.
So I had to find a D3 supplement which is not easy to find. Reason being most vitamin supplements on the market are synthetic, and I stay far away from those. After searching on Amazon.com I found lots of choices with excellent reviews. Eventually, I chose Dr’s Best D3 5000 IU, I chose this company because of my prior experience with their magnesium and also because their D3 is Non-GMO, Gluten Free & Soy Free.
Good luck on your Journey to Health!
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