Vitamin D… actually it is a hormone not a vitamin and it is used by EVERY cell in our bodies. Vitamin D is so important. Hopefully, you are encouraged to get some sun exposure after reading my thoughts on that and cancer. Here are a few other reasons to make sure you are getting your Vitamin D:
1. Bone Health – Your bones are only able to absorb 1/3 to 1/2 of the calcium they need if you are Vitamin D deficient. The two work in tandem. So, if you are concerned about osteoporosis don’t forget about Vitamin D!
2. Heart disease – Low Vitamin D levels are associated with atherosclerosis. Protect your arteries – get some sun!
3. Metabolic syndrome – Teens with low levels of Vitamin D are four times more likely to develop metabolic syndrome than their peers who have optimal Vitamin D levels.
4. Mysterious fibromyalgia? – Could it be mis-diagnosed osteomalacia (bone softening associated with significant pain)? Many who have fibromyalgia are Vitamin D deficient.
5. Multiple Sclerosis – You are five times more likely to develop M.S. if you live in North America or Europe than if you live in the tropics. In fact, there is a strong link between many autoimmune disorders and inadequate Vitamin D levels.
6. Moods – Struggle with SAD (seasonal affective disorder), PMS, or low-grade depression? Get your Vitamin D level checked. Personally, I have felt much more emotionally upbeat since I began daily Vitamin D supplementation.
What can I say? All research indicates Vitamin D is essential. Click here to take my test to determine if you might be deficient.
Up next – how to get some Vitamin D safely…