Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency is becoming incredibly common in a lot of people, but many mistakenly believe they aren’t at risk because they consume vitamin-D-fortified foods (such as milk).
There are very few foods (fish, eggs, mushroom (if grown in the sun)) that actually have therapeutic levels of vitamin D naturally and even fortified foods do not contain enough vitamin D to support your health needs.
Despite its name, vitamin D is not a regular vitamin. It's actually a steroid hormone that you are designed to obtain primarily through sun exposure, not via your diet.
Spending lots of time indoors, and use a sun protection (most sunscreens block Vitamin D production) are making it almost impossible to not become deficient.
Vitamin D helps the body:
- Absorbing calcium to promote bone growth.
- Immune system, to fight off infections
- Muscle function
- Cardiovascular function, for a healthy heart and circulation
- Respiratory system – for healthy lungs and airways
- Brain development
A lack of vitamin D has also been linked to some other conditions such as:
- Type-II diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s and type-I diabetes.
Doctors are still working to fully understand how vitamin D works within the body and how it affects our overall health.
How much Vitamin D do we need?
The amount of Vitamin D you need comes down to a few factors:
- Where you live
- Your skin type
- Your age
- Time of year
Recommended dosage ranges from anywhere between 4’000 IU/day to 10’000 IU/day.
Since Vitamin D is fat soluble, the body has a hard time getting rid of it if you take too much.
It’s been said that 40’000/day over a couple of months or longer can be toxic to the body.
It is highly suggested to have a blood test done, to see if you are deficient and to determine the correct amount of Vitamin D needed.
Vitamin D is available at High Vibe in tablets and liquid form.