Once again, we North Americans have tilted away from the sun. The days are short and the sun we do get is not as bright. This time of year brings a hidden challenge. Our bodies stop making Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is the “sunshine” vitamin because it is an essential byproduct of sun exposure. This is clearly represented through photo-synthesis in green plants. Without sunshine, the plants wither. Our bodies are much the same. We attempt to supplement Vitamin D by consuming dairy products that have been fortified. However, due to many of us restricting whole milk and fat containing dairy, we lose a common channel of delivery.
How big is the low Vitamin D issue? It is huge! Anyone living north of a line that goes across North America through Los Angeles, Phoenix and St. Louis does not make enough Vitamin D from November through February at least. If you live in Canada, the issue is extended from September through March.
You may ask yourself what happens if we do not get enough Vitamin D? The list is long. Every cell in the body is affected. To begin, “D” is essential for helping our bodies absorb calcium and send it to the bones. “D” is also vital in improving balance and muscle strength. Chronic inflammation is reduced by having adequate Vitamin D in the system. Harvard University researchers found that Vitamin D also reduces tumor growth.
Insulin regulation and diabetes are possibly affected by adequate amounts of “D”. The immune system is clearly affected by Vitamin D. Syndromes of Type 1 Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteo Arthritis are in the class of auto-immune conditions helped by this essential fat-soluble vitamin. Researchers estimate that our current systemic levels of Vitamin D are about 10-15% of the levels in our ancestors.
The older we are, the more Vitamin D we need. How much is enough? This varies to some degree. Most dietary supplements provide 400 IU at suggested intake levels. Compare this with sun exposure at 10,000 -30,000 IU per day. Unfortunately, our dietary sources are inadequate in the winter. I strongly recommend supplementation with Vitamin D, Essential Fatty Acids and Calcium.
The need is well researched and documented. Easy- to-use Vitamin D drops are the supplement of choice. Call today, 206-365-1030 to set an appointment to determine the amount of Vitamin D for you to maintain Vibrant Health this winter and all year long.