How’s Your Vitamin D?


By Kay Leaman, Health Architect

Kay LeamenWith the approaching cooler weather, the long sleeves and slacks come out and taking the place of beaches, boats and water are couches, movies and indoor activities. And with these changes comes a change in our vitamin D levels.

Vitamin D plays a huge role in our health. This fat-soluble vitamin is responsible for:
• Muscle function, strength and coordination
• Controlling immunity and inflammation, two vital processes involved in nearly all chronic degenerative diseases (A 2005 article estimated that 50-70 thousand Americans die prematurely from cancer each year due to Vitamin D deficiencies.)
• Supporting bone and tooth mineralization and growth
• Assisting in a robust and balanced immune function

Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with osteoporosis, bone fractures, increased falls, muscle weakness, increased risk of certain cancers (breast, colon, prostate, etc.), autoimmune diseases, obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, depression, asthma, influenza, HPB and cardiovascular disease, etc. And, for ‘to be’ moms, low levels have been linked to low infant birth weight, poor postnatal growth, bone fragility and increased incidence of autoimmune disease and childhood asthma. Also included is pregnancy-induced hypertension and gestational diabetes.

We already know that a healthy diet helps to support our bodies with the nutrients we need. However, we now understand that supplementing with a ‘HIGH QUALITY’ nutritional and vitamin D (recommended daily minimum of 2000IU (50mcg) a day) can have a big impact in our fight against these degenerative diseases.

No matter what the season, supplementing our diet with vitamin D only offers benefits.
To better health!

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