Be Healthy With Vitamin D

Be Healthy With Vitamin D

Be Healthy With Vitamin D

Source of Vitamin D informationMon, 02 Nov 2009 09:44:55 +0000 D deficiency symptoms and heart disease, 02 Nov 2009 09:33:14 +0000admin and life catches up with many men in their middle years. Daily and weekly habits have slowly lost balance: work is all consuming and often stressful and there doesn’t seem to be the time nor the energy to fit in a regular regime to stay fit and healthy. The weight has started to pile on but it’s easy to ignore this or make excuses.

Out of the blue one of your best mates has a heart attack. You are jolted back into reality – he is younger that you and has a similar lifestyle. That could have been you ….. so what will you do to ensure this isn’t YOU next time?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among middle-aged and older men, and among women over age 60.

Risk factors for heart disease include:

Other health problems (such as diabetes)

Men over age 45 and women over age 55 are at greater risk for heart disease. You cannot do much about your age, but you do have control over many of the other risk factors.

Low Vitamin D levels have been shown to predispose the body to many of the heart-related illnesses and health issues that become common through middle-age, retirement and beyond. This knowledge is not widely known outside the medical and wellness industry. The great news is that this deficiency can be easily fixed.

Recent studies show that vitamin D deficiency:

increases the risk of heart disease

predisposes the body to high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and chronic blood vessel inflammation (associated with hardening of the arteries).

is linked to other major associated heart disease risk factors such as obesity and diabetes.

can alter hormone levels and immune function which can increase the risk of diabetes, a major contributor to cardiovascular heart disease.

obese people are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency, possibly they are less efficient at producing this hormone.

people with low vitamin D levels are twice as likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or other heart-related condition that individuals with higher levels of vitamin D (examples: 1,2).

“Vitamin D deficiency is an unrecognized, emerging cardiovascular risk factor, which should be screened for and treated“ says researcher James H. O’Keefe, MD, director of preventive cardiology at the Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo. “Vitamin D is easy to assess, and supplementation is simple, safe and inexpensive (3).”

It is estimated that up to 50% of American adults have vitamin D deficiency. In higher latitudes (Alaska, Canada and northern Europe) the sun is too weak to power vitamin D production in the skin. Older people are also more at risk because they tend to get less sun exposure and the skins production of vitamin D decreases with age.  Obese people also absorb less.

The skin produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun. High rates of vitamin D deficiency probably relate to people spending more time indoors and efforts to minimize skin cancer through the use of sunscreens. Suncream with a skin protection factor (SPF) of 15 blocks approximately 99% of vitamin D synthesis by the skin.

How can you boost your vitamin D levels?

Sun exposure. Spend 5 to 15 minutes in the sun at least 2 or 3 times per week in the spring, summer and autumn. Expose your arms and legs, but always put suncream on your face, neck and upper torso.

Food. Oily fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel provide the best source of vitamin D. However, the required daily intake of vitamin D cannot be acquired through food.

Supplements. The best way to increase your vitamin D levels is to take daily vitamin D supplements (at least 1000IU per day).

Dr. M. Hollick et al. in New England Journal Of Medicine 2007;

Dr E. Giovannucci et al. 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Risk of Myocardial Infarction in Men: A Prospective Study. Archives of Internal Medicine 2008, 168(11) p 1174-1180.

American College of Cardiology (2008, December 2). Lack Of Vitamin D Could Spell Heart Trouble. ScienceDaily. Retrieved

]]> D Deficiency Mood Symptoms, 29 Oct 2009 23:47:11 +0000admin Vitamin D is a hormone and there’s a reason why people who are primarily happy are referred to as having a “sunny disposition”. Your body has more places to receive D than any vitamin. What makes it different is it’s made in the skin from sunlight.

•    What’s sad is that Vitamin D deficiency is present in active mood disorders

•    What’s bad is we don’t get much from food, or enough from additives

•    What’s key is the way sunlight played its part in our health.

•    What’s new is the thinner ozone allows more sunlight…BUT

Most live in cities, with pollution that thins the ozone, which unfortunately causes harm. We need the filtering effects of ozone, even though Vitamin D is produced by action of solar UV on the oils of the skin.

So, in 20 minutes on a warm sunny summer day (in a swim suit) at a random location somewhere around forty degrees latitude you could score 20,000 IU of D for free, but very few people get near enough, because staying out of the sun has become an adopted mindset.

Even though taking Vitamin D internally is a round-about way of giving our bodies what it needs we deliberately avoid the sun, because of the “big scare” about our skin. On top of that we’re inside schools and buildings to work, or in our homes and cars. By the way, rickets is the most famous Vitamin D deficiency symptom in childhood, but what about adults? There are many.

Mainly what I’d like to point out to you is you’d never know how to recognize a deficiency unless you knew what to look for. In fact, we know in the back of our minds that we ought to get out more, but unless we have a reason that can overcome some of the ingrained ideas we have about the sun then we need someone or something telling us, more than once, judging by what we know about learning styles and education. Besides that, we live where we live, and swim suits are not an option in winter in the north!

Speaking to you women, who wear many hats, you’re typical if you care about a large number of people:  husband, your children, your parents and grandparents…just to name a few. It goes on and on doesn’t it? But for a moment let me take you on a word-picture road trip that’s all about you, and especially you. Somehow you’ve made it this far, and when you take stock of your physical self, how can you separate it from what you’re feeling?

Now, I’m a woman and I have moods and you know what I’m talking about—they’re all good. In fact they all just flow one into another and why should I be judge and jury over them? They just are. When I think about some of the tantrums I’ve had being married (I’m divorced now) I have to laugh.

Nevertheless, I’ve got to wonder how much the depression—the one that gave rise to thoughts that said “I want out”—was due to a chronic shortage of that particular sunny-mood inducing hormone?

Now, let’s just say your moods are like the weather, they come and they go…should you stop them? Exactly what would a summer storm say to you if you had to stop it?

But the real point I’m trying to make is your position to it. That’s right: position. Think about it. You could be dancing in the rain, and if there is a warning of flash lightning (even from the weather man) do you think you ought to be out in it?  No, woman! Get in under shelter…and that’s what I’m proposing with Vitamin D. Emotion in its raw form is a mixed, shifting sky, and tell us the honest truth wouldn’t you rather have mostly sunny days, as far as your mood goes, than cloudy ones?

So let’s recap, Vitamin D is a hormone and is received in more cells in the body than any other substance you’d care to mention…and it’s something you want! And if we can’t get it from sunlight on a consistent basis, we had better be getting it orally, as part of our daily intake.

My research leads me to believe that if you’re living in a perfect world you’d be getting D from sunlight, and your skin would be just the type to absorb it right…but perfect is gone, like a rainbow. Practically speaking we’re left with getting our D in supplement form, most days we’ll need over a 1000 IUs, according to body weight.

Turn your upside down world right again: get your D to overcome Vitamin D deficiency symptoms and know that persistent dark moods will become a thing of the past.

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