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Low Vitamin D: Are You Getting Your Sunshine?

Low vitamin D is a shockingly big problem worldwide. “That’s odd”, you might say, since unlike so many other vitamins, our bodies are capable of producing Vitamin D on their own.

Another quality that makes vitamin D a little different is your body’s ability to turn vitamin D into a hormone called calcitrol.

Calcitrol then helps your body manage calcium levels all over, which makes vitamin D crucial to bone health. Vitamin D is also important for immune system health and for the absorption of other nutrients into your body.

While many foods offer vitamin D, they often don’t offer enough to get a sufficient amount of it in our diets. Therefore, most of our vitamin D has to come in supplement form or through exposure to sunlight.

What’s The Damage?

According to Scientific American, about seventy-five percent of Americans are vitamin D deficient.

Studies conducted by the CDC also indicate that your risk for vitamin D deficiency depends a lot on ethnicity or even skin tone.

Why The Damage?

There are quite a few causes of vitamin D deficiency, and the biggest one might be sunlight deficiency!

While too much sunlight does damage your skin and put you at risk for skin cancer, not enough sunlight can cause you to be vitamin D deficient.

Also, while dietary sources aren’t good enough sources of vitamin D, they still contribute something! Eating a vegan diet or being allergic to dairy products can also eliminate another source of vitamin D.

Are you taking your vitamins? If so, does your daily vitamin contain the recommended daily dose of vitamin D? You might want to check on that, and talk to your doctor about reliable vitamin D supplements.

The Recommended Dose:

For adults aged 1-70, doctors recommend 600 IU (international units) of vitamin D every day. If you’re older than 70, bump that number up to 800 IU.

What To Do:

If you’re vitamin D deficient, a great way to literally soak up more vitamin D is by getting outside more!

Obviously, you also want to take care of your skin and protect it against sun damage, so don’t go without sunscreen for too long! However, if you don’t have the time or lifestyle that allows you to soak up the sun, start taking a vitamin D supplement, which can be found at most pharmacies.

How Does Vitamin D Affect Your Heart Health?

Vitamin D does a lot of things to regulate possible risk factors for heart disease, from regulating kidney blood pressure, to controlling blood glucose levels in the pancreas.

According to Johns Hopkins, studies may show that low vitamin D levels can serve as a risk factor for heart disease, strokes, heart failure, and a number of other complications.

Didi you know that one serving of L-Arginine Plus contains 2,500 IU of Vitamin D3? Learn more here.

Sources:

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org
http://www.clevelandclinic.org
http://www.mayoclinic.org