Yesterday we spoke about Osteoporosis, bone loss and losing our "calcium".
Well, let's take today to talk about a component that is very closely involved with this loss.
And that would be . . . vitamin D . . .
Now . . . "Vitamin D" helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.
And a lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children and bone pain caused by a condition called osteomalacia in adults.
So we now know . . . Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a loss of bone density, which can contribute to "osteoporosis" and fracture bones, with severe vitamin D deficiency leading to other diseases.
But did you know . . . that it can also lead to a host of sleep issues such as sleep disruption, insomnia and overall poor sleep quality?
Not to mention . . . research is now linking low levels of vitamin D to a common type of "vertigo" called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
You heard me right . . . do you experience dizziness, sudden sensation that you're spinning or that the inside of your head is spinning?
Well . . . that's "vertigo" and low levels of vitamin D are a common cause.
Now . . . most vitamin D supplements are derived from the fat of lambs' wool. With vitamin D 3 (cholecalciferol) being the best. This is said to be the most natural form of vitamin D that your body makes from sunlight.
BUT . . . science reported in a large review of the research published in October . . . concluded that vitamin D supplements, in low or high doses, play "no" such role of helping the body with a vitamin D deficiency.
So . . . which is it? Do vitamin D supplements work or not???
And again . . . this is why going back to basics is the best way to go.
We need to get our vitamin D from the sun and the food we eat. Not from the "fat of lambs wool"!!!!
So in closing today . . . where can we obtain a "real" natural source of vitamin D?
Well, that would be . . .
Time spend in sunlight
Consume fatty fish and seafood like tuna, mackerel and salmon
Drink orange juice fortified with vitamin D BUT with low sugar like tropi50
Eat more beef liver, and eggs
And eat mushrooms like shiitake, white button or oyster mushrooms
Or try a UV (vitamin D) lamp
My dad is 93 and a few years back the winter months were becoming difficult for him not being able to farm and be in the sunshine. So I bought him a Vitamin D lamp and what a difference it made to his health and mood. Winter was more doable for him.
So please . . . made sure you get your vitamin D on today.
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