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Do You Have This Common Vitamin Deficiency?

Did you know that about 90% of adults in the United States are deficient in vitamin D?

In fact, vitamin D is probably the most recommended vitamin supplement by physicians today.

Individuals who are at a high risk for deficiency include those who have inadequate sun exposure and those who are overweight.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient that is stored by the liver and held in the fatty tissues.

Increased fat stores on the body causes the vitamin to not be used properly. Vitamin D is produced by the body converting ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun into a usable hormone called secosteroid. This substance positively affects the musculoskeletal system, the immune system, and the brain.

There are two primary types of vitamin D. Vitamin D2  is plant derived while vitamin D3 is found in animal products. Vitamin D3 is more bioavailable and more easily absorbed compared to vitamin D2 which is less efficiently utilized by the body.

Most foods fortified with vitamin D typically contain D2 which is not as easily absorbed and used by the body. Vitamin D3 can convert up to five hundred times faster and is four times more effective, as compared to D2.

Direct Sun Exposure

The greatest way to gain vitamin D is through sun exposure. Many people believe they can acquire enough of the nutrient through fortified foods, and unfortunately this is usually not true. Generally, sitting in the sun (10 am to 3 pm) for ten to fifteen minutes without sunscreen may provide close to ten thousand units of natural vitamin D.

Depending on the amount of melatonin in the skin, everyone will absorb vitamin D at different rates. The lighter skin tone of the individual, the more quickly they absorb the ultraviolet rays. Interestingly, cholesterol found in the skin will convert the exposure into a usable form of vitamin D.

Health Challenges: Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiencies can create health many challenges. Research has shown that th most common symptoms of deficiency include:

  • Bone thinning (osteopenia, osteoporosis)
  • Heart diseases
  • Specific cancers
  • Increases in blood pressure
  • Diseases related to the immune system
  • Psoriasis
  • Autism
  • Increase in depression
  • Inability to sleep
  • Arthritis
  • Increase in risk of developing diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Increase in chronic pain

How to Test

To fully understand whether an individual holds a vitamin D deficiency, a blood test (25-hydroxoyvitamin D) is needed. If your blood level is at least 50, then there is not a deficiency.

However, if your result is between 30 and 50, then adding a supplement and prioritizing sun exposure is generally recommended. If the number is below 30, immediate action is needed to bring vitamin D levels up within the body.

The Top 6 Sources of Vitamin D

  1. Sunlight – ten to twenty minutes daily with as much skin exposed as possible ( no sunscreen)
  2. Halibut – 3 ounces
  3. Maitake Mushrooms – one cup
  4. Salmon – 3 ounces
  5. Portabella Mushrooms – one cup
  6. Rainbow Trout – 3 ounces

Sun exposure can provide from 1,000 IU to 10,000 IU per day. The food sources listed provide from 500 IU to 900 IU. The mushrooms shown above should be exposed to UV light during the growing process.

Health Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is important to optimal health. There are many benefits gained by spending time outdoors daily during the high sun, or by taking a high-quality health supplement. Here is a list of the great health benefits:

  • Improves bone health
  • Increases calcium absorption
  • Helps maintain phosphorus levels
  • Slows the aging process
  • Helps regulate the parathyroid
  • Prevents diabetes by managing blood sugar levels
  • Increases insulin sensitivity
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Protects against the development of cancers
  • Lowers risk of developing heart disease
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Improves brain function and mood
  • Lowers the risk of developing depression

Daily Recommendation: Adults (600 - 5,000 IU), Children (600 - 2,500 IU)

The Sun is Not Enough

While it certainly is very important to get adequate sun exposure for healthy vitamin D production, it can actually be really hard to get all of your vitamin D from sun exposure alone.

This is why supplementation with key nutrients is so important for bone health.

Dr. Charles Price developed the Silical System formula specifically to provide the body with the most important vitamins and minerals for maintaining strong and healthy bones.

If you want to experience the benefits of better bone health, then click here to pick up your Silical System today!

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