More than 1 Billion people all over the world are deficient in the sunshine vitamin – Vitamin D. With the lifestyle we lead today, mostly staying indoors, the problem is just getting more grave.
Sunlight is responsible to trigger the production of Vitamin D in the skin. Vitamin D then goes through a metabolic process in the liver and kidneys and turns in to the active state of Vitamin D3. Once active its takes the form of a steroid hormone, performing a multitude of functions in the body.
Understanding which foods contain Vitamin D and making them a part of your diet along with making some lifestyle changes is important. A few foods are listed below:
Since it is predominantly animal based it can be found in: Cheese, egg yolk, fish oil supplements, oil rich fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel, beef liver, UV radiated mushrooms and fortified grain products.
Vitamin D Deficiency can increase your risk of numerous diseases, such as: bowel cancer, asthma, heart disease, cognitive impairments and mental health issues. Getting the required amount of Vitamin D can help prevent: multiple sclerosis, type 1 and 2 diabetes, high blodd pressure, glucose intolerance, broken bones and osteoporosis.
Check the signs below to learn if you may be deficient in Vitamin D:
Long periods of darkness
People who live in areas that experience long periods of darkness in the winter months may be deficient in Vitamin D, give the lack of sunlight exposure. Ideally you should get your Vitamin D levels tested at the beginning and end of the winter months and get supplements accordingly to stay healthy.
Aches and pains
While aches and pains are common if you have just started exercising or indulged in certain strenuous activities, a constant state of aches and pain needs to be checked for the deficiency.
Receptors in our eyes trigger the brain to produce serotonin, the happy hormone, when we visually perceive sunlight. When we spend too much time in the dark, levels of serotonin tend to drop.
Most of the Vitamin D sources are animal based and therefore if you are following a diet that is strictly vegan it is important that you get your levels checked and start supplements.
Cold and Flu
Immune cells contain Vitamin D receptors, which means that Vitamin D has an effect on our immunity. So, if you are catching a cold and flu more often then you like, it is important you get your levels checked and have them supplemented quickly to live healthy.
Get in touch with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist or speak with a Homeopath to learn how you can get the right amount of Vitamin D to live a long and healthy life.