Thursday, 22 October 2015 04:00

TIP #5: The Sunshine Vitamin

TIP #5: The Sunshine Vitamin

When I was a child, my sisters and I ALWAYS played outside.  We would many times stay outside during the summer all day long and only come back into the house when it was turning dark.  Back then, we didn't have cell phones, computers, or cable TV.  Basically, we went outside to escape the boredom!

These days, kids stay inside and play on the computer or they watch TV or they play on their phones. I only go outside for any length of time when we are on vacation. I always wonder why I feel so alive and healthy when I am on vacation. It is the SUN and its ability to provide the body with Vitamin D!  

I really never thought about Vitamin D (which is actually a hormone) and its effect on my health, until about 5 years ago when my doctor added the Vitamin D (25-hydroxy) test to my bloodwork panel. The results were shocking.  The doctor told me I was in a severely deficient range and that I needed to supplement with Vitamin D everyday. At that point, I decided to have my husband and children tested, and they were all severely deficient, also!  They needed supplementation immediately to bring their levels into a normal range, too.

We all began to supplement with 2-3 drops (4,000 to 6,000 IU) of Biotics Bio-D-Mulsion Forte.  Luckily, the drops are very inexpensive and the bottles last about six months!  

After about three months, we all retested and ALL of our Vitamin D levels were brought into an Optimal Range. Now, we retest with our annual bloodwork and continue to stay in range with 2-3 drops daily.

I feel grateful that my doctor discovered this deficiency in me because I learned of how important Vitamin D is to a person's health.  So many people are deficient in this vital nutrient. Even if we are in the sun these days, we are wearing sunscreens, which block the Vitamin D. The consequences of low Vitamin D have been linked to numerous cancers, diabetes, alzheimers, heart disease, depression and many many autoimmune disorders!  

I always urge my family and friends to get tested by their doctors and to supplement if necessary. Many of them have found out they are also deficient!  

Finally, it is important to retest a few months after starting Vitamin D supplementation to find the optimal level for your body. Then, yearly thereafter!

 

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