26 Aug Let’s talk about: Vitamin D and You
Over the past few years, there has been much more research and understanding of Vitamin D and how it works in our bodies. Some are even calling it the newest Hormone! Studies have proven that Vitamin D is essential in most aspects of physical functions such as prevention of the Flu and Infections, Autoimmune diseases, metabolic processes and Cardiovascular disease. Researchers have also noted that it can reduce your risk of developing deadly cancers due to its DNA repairing assets.
Living in a sunny climate, such as South Florida, It is hard to believe that anyone really can be lacking in this vital nutrient however, this is something that we see time and time again in our office. Some physical symptoms and body states can indicate that you may have a Vitamin D deficiency however; some Patients may not have any outward symptoms at all. Some of these indicators are:
Patients 50 years old or older do not convert Vitamin D in their skin from the sun as well as they did in their younger years. We also tend to wear more sunscreens to help in prevention of Skin cancer and wrinkles! Most women in Peri – and Menopausal states are Vitamin D deficient.
- Darker skin color
Naturally occurring tones in the skin can also cause a Vitamin D deficiently as it takes more sun exposure time to naturally produce Vitamin D. Olive skin may look lovely however, it is a natural type of sunscreen.
- Abdominal Issues
IBS, Gluten sensitivities and Crohn’s Disease are some conditions that predispose us to not absorbing enough Vitamin D. This is in either from foods we eat or the supplements that we may take.
- Stress and feeling down
Vitamin D has been called the Sunshine Vitamin for a good reason. Many studies have shown that people living in areas with less sunlight have been affected with SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is due to a Brain hormone that is enhanced by Vitamin D to provide us with good moods. When our Vitamin D levels are down, that brain hormone is lower and we can feel out of sorts.
Patients also think that they are consuming foodstuffs that have extra Vitamin D added, such as Milk, and therefore do not need regular supplementation. The truth is that the number of foods that contain the correct levels of Vitamin D that is needed on a daily basis for the proper function of your body is infinitesimal.
The preeminent indicator of an inadequate Vitamin D level is a simple Blood test. It is a good idea to have this level looked at least twice a year or more often if you are seriously low. Working with your Medical Doctor, you can then supplement your levels with a Pharmacy grade Nutraceutical containing the proper formulation to ensure your quantities of this important and newest called Hormone are optimal – for your best health!