Are we a vitamin D deficient nation? With many of us avoiding the sun and skin cancer on the rise are we getting enough of this all important vitamin? Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and found in very few foods.
Without sufficient vitamin D our bones become brittle, our immune system is vulnerable, there is an increased risk of death by cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and inflammation in general. Every cell in our body has a vitamin D receptor; so we must have enough vitamin D to be healthy.
Studies by the National Institute of Health and National Institute of Neurologic found that there was an 11% decrease of stroke and a 23% decrease of cognitive impairment with a higher level of vitamin D. There are over 900 studies founded by the US government on vitamin D; an indication of how important it is to our health.
But why aren't we not getting enough? After all, it is one of the most inexpensive supplements to buy. While we are being warned to stay out of the sun and very few foods contain adequate amounts, what are we to do?
Getting 15-20 minutes of sun a day, at certain times of the day could be a good idea, but not practical. The best way would to supplement is to ask your doctor to check your vitamin D levels; the test is called a serum d 250hd test. If you enjoyed this article please see some of my other articles.
As far as diet goes you can get vitamin D from salmon, egg yolks, cod liver oil, fortified dairy products, grains, and green leafy vegetables.
These are all healthy choices although you will still most likely need to supplement to get adequate amounts.
Most experts like Dr. Edward Giovannucci from the Harvard School of Public Health consider it is safe to start with 1000-2000 units a day. Many of us will need more especially if we are taking prescription medications, not getting any sunshine, and not eating the few foods that give us a limited amount.
Make sure to buy vitamin D 3 as it is the most potent of all the D vitamins. Supplementing your diet with this inexpensive vitamin is a great way to improve your health!
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