Vitamin D and Your Health

There is an old Italian saying: “ Where the sun does not go, a doctor does”.  If someone told you that you could cut your cancer risk in half by simply spending some time outside in the sun each day, eating a few key nutritious foods or incorporating a daily supplement into your diet, would you be intrigued? The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that 59% of the population is Vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D deficiencies can promote cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, obesity and heart disease among other health problems. Vitamin D acts as a “jump start” to your immune system, warding off harmful viruses and bacteria.  An interesting study was conducted involving 1,179 healthy Nebraskan women who were divided into control and placebo groups. The group of women that took Vitamin D and Calcium revealed a 60% decrease in cancers as compared to the placebo!

A few symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency are: fatigue, muscle weakness and pain, joint pain, weight gain, constipation, high blood pressure, restless sleep, headaches, and poor concentration. If you have some of these symptoms you may want to speak to your doctor about getting your levels checked.

 

How can you boost your Vitamin D levels?

  • Try to spend at least 15 minutes outside in the sun each day
  • Begin incorporating the following foods into your diet a few times a week: Fatty fish (like tuna and salmon), cheese, eggs, milk and mushrooms
  • Talk to your Doctor about taking a Vitamin D3 Supplement

By Kylla Olsen, LifeChoices® at Bethany Advocate

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