Are You Vitamin 'D-ficient'?

Well, it's here...the winter season is in full swing

this means many of us are staying indoors more to avoid the cold temperatures and biting winds. Which sounds like a good idea, right? 

Yes, this does reduce the exposure to those blustery days but it also can cause some health issues. According to the journal Nutrition Research, close to 42% of the adults in the U.S. are low in Vit D throughout the year with this number rising during the winter months. I would guess this is true especially here in the midwest where the humidity levels are higher which makes the lower temperatures feel much colder. 

Harvard School of Public Health says being deficient in Vit D may increase the risk of some chronic diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease, ms and some cancers. And it can lower the immune system making it easier to get the seasonal flu.

Vit D is made by the body with exposure to natural sunlight. 

If you can take a short walk outside a couple of times a week, even if you park away from the door when you run into the store it will help your body stimulate its production. Sitting next to a window that has the sun shining in will also give your body the signal to make this needed resource. 

Foods are another way to get your levels of Vit D up. Most all cereals are fortified with it and so are many dairy products like milk and yogurt also orange juice. But, did you know egg yolks, shiitake mushrooms, fresh salmon, and sardines are rich in it? I've read tofu has it too. 

Once again we have the option to allow the foods we eat to be our medicine. Shoot for the 85-15 rule. 85% whole foods and 15% processed food. If you do this you should notice your overall health improving. Getting fewer colds during the year when your co-workers are catching everything coming and going. 

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