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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jill King

Vitamin D, Immune Defense

Most people have no clue they are low on vitamin D. We all know this vitamin as the "sunshine" vitamin. 25-50% of the population is low on this vitamin and most don't recognize the symptoms.

Vitamin D plays an essential role in many of your body’s systems. For that reason, it’s absolutely imperative that you understand the risks and signs of vitamin D deficiency, so you can live a full, healthy life.

So, How does Vitamin D Help My Body?

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin – and for good reason. It’s necessary for a wide array of your body’s functions.

  • Bone Density (and beyond)

  • Moods -- Lack of vitamin D can cause muscle pain, weakness, fatigue, and even depression.

  • Intestine

  • Immune system -- Getting the right amount of vitamin D is important long-term for optimal immune system health. A vitamin D deficiency has been linked to neuro-degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes. It can also cause an increased risk of death from cardiovascular accidents, severe asthma in children, and even cancer. 

  • A lack of vitamin D may also play a role in your body’s inflammatory processes, your body’s response to perceived threats. But chronic inflammation can actually lead to the development of serious health problems.

3 Ways to Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels

Boosting vitamin D levels has been shown to promote better moods and appears to be neuroprotective. Here are 3 simple ways to achieve healthy levels.

  • Get some sun. Enjoying short amounts of direct sunlight can help. 10 minutes a day of fresh air and sun can make a huge difference.

  • Eat D-friendly foods. Foods can be a powerful source of vitamin D. Good examples of foods that are high in vitamin D include fatty fish like salmon and tuna, mushrooms, and eggs (especially the yolk).

  • Take a vitamin D supplement. Boosting your intake of the sunshine vitamin with a supplement can help optimize your levels. Research shows that supplementation with vitamin D supports healthier moods. Most experts agree that is well below the physiological needs of most people and suggest 2,000-5,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day.

Not All Supplements are Not Created Equal

When considering a supplement please take the extra time to do the research. Your hard earned money may be going to waste with supplements that are not regulated. There are 5 factors that our practice looks at before recommending a supplement to our patients. We have done the research for you and only recommend the best but if you want to do your own research, here are 5 things to lookout for:

  1. Cheap or poorly absorbed or used by the body.

  2. Dosage on the label may not match dosage in the supplement.

  3. Additives, colors, fillers and allergens.

  4. Raw materials may not be tested for toxins.

  5. Manufacturing standards.

As mentioned above, we make sure to do all the research for you. Contact our office for more information - 828-382-8005.

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