Not getting enough vitamin D can be a detriment to your overall health, especially for your bones and muscles. It is needed to keep them strong, in addition to fighting against anxiety, and depression and maintaining a healthy immune system. Low vitamin D levels can result in muscle weakness, pain, and fatigue. A study showed that people with low vitamin D have a 40% higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Vitamin D deficiency can also lead to loss of bone density and in severe cases, diseases can develop. Evidence also shows there is a link between low vitamin D and diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and autoimmune conditions.
Vitamin D deficiency can occur for the following reasons:
Your exposure to sunlight is limited. If you live somewhere up north, are homebound, or have an occupation that prevents you from being exposed to sunlight you are at risk of developing vitamin D deficiency. It can also be normal to develop this during the winter months when there is minimal sunlight available.
Having darker skin tones. Melanin acts as a natural sunscreen, reducing the skin’s ability to absorb sunlight and produce vitamin D. Studies show someone with darker skin may need anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours daily to obtain sufficient amounts of vitamin D.
Being diagnosed with chronic kidney conditions. The kidneys convert vitamin D to its active form that is needed by the body. Therefore, people with chronic kidney disease are more prone to lower vitamin D levels due to the impaired quality and function of the kidneys.
Being overweight. Studies suggest people who are overweight may not be able to convert vitamin D to its active form. In turn, making it difficult for the body to fully absorb and use vitamin D for bodily functions.
The best way to combat vitamin D progressing into harmful symptoms like the ones listed above is fairly simple. Sunbathe regularly or take a reliable vitamin D supplement like the one available on my website. (click here to order)
There are also a handful of foods like fish, fish oil, and egg yolks that naturally contain vitamin D. However, studies have shown the most effective way to increase vitamin D levels is to sunbathe for at least 10-30 mins a few times a week. People who may not have easy access to healthy amounts of sunlight can refer to taking a daily supplement. However, the ingredients must contain vitamin K2, making it easier for your body to absorb. My Ultra Vitamin D supplement is a well-balanced formula that has helped hundreds of people maintain healthy vitamin D levels for years now. I also highly recommend testing your levels 1-2 times a year for optimal results.