The other day I read a shocking statistic.
Almost 1 billion people across the world have a vitamin D deficiency!
Wow! That is a LOT of people – and it’s a big deal, because vitamin D does a LOT of things to keep us feeling healthy. At this time during the COVID-19 pandemic, Vitamin D plays an important roll in our immune health. It helps lower the risk for respiratory illness. Our bodies require adequate vitamin D to produce the antimicrobial proteins that kill viruses and bacteria. If you are deficient, your body is less effective at producing these proteins and you more susceptible to infection.
Are your part of the low Vitamin D epidemic?
One big symptom of being low in vitamin D is feeling rundown and tired, along with catching every cold/bug that comes around. Feeling depressed and losing hair also are two common signs you might be low in the “sunshine” vitamin.
In this post I’m going to outline a few things you can do to help boost your vitamin D (and why it’s important!) … including making a few healthy food choices!
You probably already know your body needs vitamin D to build and maintain strong bones over the course of your life. But is does so much more than that!
Vitamin D works like a hormone in your system.
It help’s your body’s immune, digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems do their jobs.
Scientists also are looking into how vitamin D might help prevent diseases such as depression, diabetes, cancer, and even heart problems.
The thing is, getting enough vitamin D can be kind of tricky because not many foods are naturally high in vitamin D.
You can get vitamin D from the sun, but it’s hard to know what to do because for decades health experts have been warning us to slather ourselves in sunscreen in order to avoid damage from the sun’s rays. Sunscreen not only blocks the sun, but also the vitamin D!
Plus, there’s a ton of debate about how much vitamin D you need, with different health/medicine groups recommending anywhere from 600 to 2,000 IUs per day.
Risk factors for vitamin D deficiency:
- Getting older
- Being overweight
- Having dark skin
- Living far from the equator
- Using sunscreen every time you go out
- Staying inside
- A diet low in fish or dairy
Here are some practical tips for naturally raising your vitamin D level.
Get some sunshine Yes, even though we are told to avoid sun exposure, it doesn’t take much to raise your vitamin D level. Research shows that as little as 8 to 15 minutes of exposure is all you need (people who live farther from the equator or who have darker skin might need more time).
Eat your eggs (especially the yolks). Studies show that free-range chickens that eat a diet of grain fortified with vitamin D have more than the daily requirement of the vitamin. Be sure to check your labels.
Fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, tuna, and mackerel (including canned varieties) contain vitamin D. Whenever possible, choose wild-caught fish (according to Healthline, farmed salmon contains only 25 percent of the vitamin D of wild-caught salmon). BONUS: these foods are high in omega 3 fatty acids, which are important for heart health.
Choose fortified foods. Most cow’s milk has been fortified with vitamin D – and now, so have most non-dairy milks. Again, be sure to check the label.
Ask your health care provider about taking a vitamin D supplement. It’s always a good idea to check before adding a new supplement to your routine. Give them a call to see what they recommend for your unique situation, and to see if they want to test your level before recommending a dosage.
If you have a deficiency, raising them back to normal levels can make a huge difference in your energy level and your mood! Definitely worth checking out.
Here’s one of my personal favourite Vitamin D supplements https://solera.metagenicscanada.com/d3-liquid
I hope you found this helpful! If you’re ready to take your health journey to the next level, I’d love to meet you and see if there’s anything I can do to help. Simply send us a message us HERE and we can schedule a consult 🙂
Melanie Hesketh R.H.N
Solera Holistic Health