Vitamin D is probably one of the least understood nutrients, and it’s level is very low in the population, especially for those living in the northern hemisphere!
Vitamin D deficiency is commonly indicated with autoimmune type conditions such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and type 1 diabetes, as well as muscle pain, neurodegenerative disorders, osteoporosis, impaired wound healing, depression, constant fatigue, and more.
Main causes of Vitamin D deficiency are:
- Modern diets (mostly lack Vitamin D foods)
- Lack of sunshine (further complicated by the misinformed notion that the sun is bad)
- Gastrointestinal disorders ( make absorbing Vitamin D more difficult)
- High levels of cortisol or the use of cortisone.
- Lack of mobility (people confined to the house or in nursing homes reduce exposure to the sun)
- Adrenal stress and obesity (very common)
- Aging makes us less efficient in converting sunlight.
D is very important when a woman is pregnant! Deficiencies are associated with bone loss during pregnancy.
You should have y our levels tested, (periodically), and it should be as close to 100 as possible, we’ve had people come to us that have levels as low as 12!
Supplementation is usually required (especially in the northern latitudes) and we recommend it if you are low. Use D3 not D2!
To Your Health!