Although there have been numerous news reports covering the fact that there’s a vitamin D deficiency epidemic in America, very few people seem to be listening. If you happen to be one of those people- I’m giving you a friendly nudge to wake you up. This is a serious topic so I won’t beat around the bush. Here’s the deal- if you suffer from any of the illnesses listed below, you just might be deficient in vitamin D.
Musculosketal Disorders: Osteoporosis, Rickets, Aching bones, Soft Bones, Bones that fracture/break easily
Autoimmune Disorders: Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Grave’s Disease, Multiple Schlerosis
Hair and Skin Disorders: Hair Loss, Eczema, Psoriasis, Hyperpigmentation
Mental Health Disorders: Depression
Oral Health: Peridontal Disease, Dental Caries
Women’s Health: Infertility, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Respiratory: Asthma, Pneumonia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Cancer: All Cancers
That’s a long list of illnesses, I know. But guess what! I could have named a whole lot more, however, I think you get the point of just how important vitamin D is. And just to clarify, vitamin D deficiency might not cause all of those diseases directly. Medical doctors say that having one automimmune disease will more than likely lead to another autoimmune disease or another example is if you have high blood pressure, it’s highly possible that you will also develop diabetes.
Now having said that, if you do suffer from one of the above illnesses and/or your vitamin D levels are low, don’t despair. There are numerous ways to increase your levels and they are pretty simply to do.
For example, you could just spend a little bit of “me” time basking in the sun because it naturally provides you with vitamin D. Or, if the idea of basking in the sun doesn’t work for you, you could always eat your way to optimum levels (but that might be a whole lot of eating), which leads me to the third option. You could take a vitamin D supplement. I highly recommend the first and last options-but, I’ll discuss all three.