Vitamin D is something you can find just by getting a little sun. Although you can find it in some foods, like eggs, the sun is our primary source. Unfortunately, modern society has us inside more often than not and out of the sun, meaning many people do not have enough vitamin D in their bodies.
A vitamin D deficiency may not make a huge difference to you today, but a chronic deficiency has numerous adverse effects on your health that science has known about for years and even effects that have only been detailed in the last few months.
Making sure you don’t have a vitamin D deficiency is an important step in maintaining good health for long-term success.
The primary purpose of vitamin D in our bodies is to regulate levels of calcium and phosphorous in our blood. This means stronger bones for when we’re young and still growing as well as more durable bones later in life, helping prevent fractures and osteoporosis.
That being said, many of the systems in our body are interconnected. This means that while vitamin D is improving our bones and such, benefits occur elsewhere. Proper levels of vitamin D:
Even if it matches the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 15 micrograms of vitamin D, your current diet will probably not contain enough vitamin D by itself to avoid deficiency. Dr. Steve thinks a vitamin D supplement is helpful for most people.
Of course, it’s easy to get vitamin D by just stepping outside, provided it’s a sunny day. Our skin is stimulated by sunlight into producing vitamin D naturally. This type of exposure is not like getting a tan, though; it’s more like taking a 10-minute walk. Even if it’s just your bare hands and face, you can do a lot of good with clear skies.
You should get 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight about 2 or 3 times a week to get the optimal amount of vitamin D. Our bodies become less efficient at producing vitamin D as we age, so anyone over 50 will need a little more time.
However, if that’s not an option, you should note that there are D2 and D3 types of vitamin D. When buying a new supplement, you should look for D3, or cholecalciferol. It’s the same kind our own bodies make in sunlight, is more potent than D2, and lasts longer in our bodies.
The best thing to do is go to your doctor and get a simple blood test run.
In terms of symptoms, you may find that you have achy bones. If you have any gut problems, like Crohn’s or inflammatory bowel disease, they can be exacerbated. Being overweight, obese or having poor insulin efficiency can also make your risk of vitamin D deficiency higher, as can being elderly.
Living a healthy lifestyle is beneficial for a whole lot more than just vitamin D deficiency. However, taking advantage of the Olumia Life plan will not only present you with easy ways of getting all the vitamin D you need, but help institute habits that maintain your health for years to come.
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