Let’s talk about Vitamin D

“The Sunshine Vitamin”!

Did you know Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis and autism? In 2011 a study showed that 42% of us are not getting adequate amounts of this vitamin, and that number has been growing every year.  Many years ago, most of us worked out in the sunshine, and absorbed approximately 10.000 – 20,000 IU of vitamin D in 15 minutes. That’s a great deal more than the current FDA requirements of between 200 and 400 IU per day.

Here are the Top 5 Signs you may not be getting enough Vitamin D, according to Prevention.com:

  1. You’re sweating more than usual
  2. You’re noticeably (and unexpectedly) weak
  3. You feel depressed
  4. You’re battling random aches and pains
  5. You broke a bone (can be an early sign of osteoporosis)

If you are showing any of these signs or symptoms you could need more Vitamin D. Research shows that 5-30 minutes of unprotected skin sun exposure midday should be enough to get your required Vitamin D. However, it is also advised to eat healthy foods that are rich in this beneficial vitamin.

According to draxe.com, here is a list of the Top 12 Vitamin D Sources:

  1. Sunlight — 5–30 minutes of sun exposure at least twice per week (over 100 percent DV)
  2. Cod Liver Oil —1 tablespoon: 1,360 IU (over 100 percent DV)
  3. Wild-Caught Salmon— 3 ounces: 447 IU (over 100 percent DV)
  4. Mackerel —3 ounces: 306 IU (76 percent DV)
  5. Tuna Fish —3 ounces: 154 IU (39 percent DV)
  6. Fortified Milk — 1 cup: 124 IU (31 percent DV)
  7. Sardines —2 sardines: 47 IU (12 percent DV)
  8. Beef Liver — 3 ounces: 42 IU (11 percent DV)
  9. Eggs— 1 egg: 41 IU (10 percent DV)
  10. Fortified Cereal —1 cup: 40 IU (10 percent DV)
  11. Caviar — 1 tablespoon: 37 IU (9 percent DV)
  12. Mushrooms— 1 cup: 2 IU (1 percent DV)

Vitamin D testing is becoming more accessible and affordable every day. If you would like more information and would like to order your own Vitamin D test, please visit https://www.stat-technologies.com/product/statshell-collection-kit-mail-in/

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