Are You Vitamind D Deficient?


Are you one of the 85% of People Deficient in Vitamin D?

After thirty years of being vilified by the medical establishment and the press, vitamin D is gaining new popularity — and even becoming a hero — as a nutrient that supports your overall health. Recent discoveries suggest it has significantly more far-reaching effects than just your bone health, contrary to popular belief. In fact, vitamin D is known to support your body’s health systems in a variety of ways.

Research suggests that up to 85% of people could be deficient in vitamin D without knowing it… leaving them with less-than-optimal health. Current scientific research suggests that all cells and tissues in your body have vitamin D receptors — and further conclude that every cell and tissue needs vitamin D for its well-being. The reason why we are Vitamin D deficient is simply because we are now realizing how much the body uses it on a steady basis.

Vitamin D is responsible for the regulation of over 2,000 genes in your body. Vitamin D engages in very complex metabolic processes within your body. Scientists believe that vitamin D serves a wide range of fundamental biological functions relating to many aspects of your health. Your skin naturally produces your body’s supply of vitamin D from direct exposure to bright midday sun with a mere ten or fifteen minutes’ exposure per day.

For decades, there has been a lot of misinformation from the media and conventional medicine that created a fear of sunshine. Therefore, most people either intentionally or unintentionally avoid the sun — or smear on sunscreen that blocks the beneficial wavelengths that produce vitamin D in your skin.

Having too little vitamin D may not have any outwardly obvious signs. Yet vitamin D (specifically the vitamin D3 form) impacts an incredible array of support for systems and functions in your body such as:

  • Heart health*

  • Cell formation and cell longevity*

  • Pancreatic health*

  • Aging process*

  • Sleep patterns*

  • Reproductive health*

  • Athletic performance*

  • Eye health*

  • Vascular system health*

  • Respiratory health*

  • Immune health

  • Weight management, including carbohydrate and fat metabolism*

  • Hair and hair follicles*

  • Strong and healthy bones, vitamin D encourages calcium uptake*

  • Muscles*

  • Proper digestion and food absorption*

Since healthy levels of vitamin D protect and promote so many of your body’s functions, a deficiency may mean your body lacks the tools it needs to keep you in optimal health, therefore, making sufficient vitamin D a very important issue for you to address.

I’ve long been an advocate that the absolute best way to get vitamin D is through direct sunlight on your skin. It’s the most natural way to acquire your D, and your body self-regulates the amount you receive. Now, I am NOT saying go out and lay in the sun for hours upon hours each day because obviously that is bad for you and has adverse effects. What I am saying is that it is healthy to go outside every day and try to get at least 15 to 30 minutes of direct sunlight. I encourage my patients to do this during family exercise time where EVERYONE goes for a walk, is outside playing with your children, or is exercising for better health.

One alternative is to regularly use a tanning bed that utilizes UV-B rays. Unfortunately, you cannot always trust tanning salons so this is my least favorite alternative!!!! Whatever tanning bed you use, please be very sure it includes UV-B rays, so you get the exact rays that provide you optimal health benefits.

Your third alternative is internal supplementation with vitamin D3 — with a caveat.

Please — if you supplement with vitamin D3, have your vitamin D levels tested routinely to ensure you do not overdose with it. You and your physician need to be aware of your vitamin D levels so you can adjust your supplementation accordingly. This is a customized approach — not a one-size-fits-all. I cannot stress this point enough. I routinely see other physicians tell patients that they are within the standard mean for Vitamin D levels. The research I have done suggests that you want a minimum of 50 ul/mm.

Just who is likely to most need vitamin D supplementation? I strongly believe you should be testing your levels to know for sure whether you personally need to supplement. Some population groups are more likely to have lower-than-optimal vitamin D levels than others, but remember that 85% are estimated to be deficient. Are you one of the 85% — or in one of these groups that may suggest deficiencies?

  • Overweight people. Individuals who are overweight often have considerably higher needs for vitamin D because vitamin D is oil soluble and hidden in their fat.

  • Pregnant women. New evidence suggests that vitamin D levels during pregnancy may be critically important for you and your baby.

  • The elderly. As you age, your skin loses the ability to generate vitamin D. Plus, the elderly tend to spend more time indoors.

  • Dark-skinned people. Darker-skinned people have higher melanin levels, which blocks UVB radiation and limits the body’s ability to produce vitamin D3.

With 85% of the population deficient in Vitamin D3, it is linked to many of the non-detrimental symptoms that people feel from lethargy, to lack of sleep, to poor vision, and skin tone. Get your D levels tested. It is one small supplement that can make a world of difference in your life.

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