28 Jan Vitamin D Deficiency and Inflammation
This is a serious message because so many people are experiencing chronic states of inflammation, manifesting in all sorts of autoimmune and degenerative health issues that are actually rooted in cellular inflammation. The good news is that there is an easy solution that could help you tremendously, but your doctor probably isn’t suggesting this, so I wanted to share.
Here goes, a little background information –
Inflammation “destabilizes cholesterol deposits in the coronary arteries, leading to heart attacks and potentially even strokes. It chews up nerve cells in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims. It may even foster the proliferation of abnormal cells and facilitate their transformation into cancer. In other words, chronic inflammation may be the engine that drives many of the most feared illnesses of middle and old age.” Source: Inflammation Research Foundation
Vitamin D, however, could be the key to your successful management of any health issue that is rooted in inflammation as research has found “that low levels of Vitamin D, comparable to levels found in millions of people, failed to inhibit the inflammatory cascade, while levels considered adequate did inhibit inflammatory signaling.” Source: Journal of Immunology
Therefore, any individual experiencing any kind of inflammation, or inflammation related disorder, should get their vitamin D levels checked and supplement with a therapeutic dose to enable the body’s own anti-inflammatory responses.
The majority of the population (90% – American stats) is believed to be deficient in vitamin D. Not being outdoors in modern lifestyles, and wearing sunscreen are factors thought to contribute to this huge statistic. I know my friends in the UAE struggle with getting enough sun exposure to their skin too.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, stored in the liver and in fatty tissues. Our body actually makes vitamin D from the sun, specifically the UV-B sunshine rays, and a substance in the skin called 7-dehydrocholesterol is literally converted from those rays into vitamin D3, the most active form of vitamin D.
The preferred levels of vitamin D are hotly contested right now, the U.K. official advice is a minimum level of 25 nmol/L, other sources state levels should be over 30. Dr. Sara Gottfried suggests between 50-75 and Dr. Christine Northrup advises levels should be between 50-100. The test is 25-hydroxy vitamin D if you feel you want to get checked.
Supplementing then is, for many people, essential, as food sources of vitamin D are limited to things like fish and mushrooms, and sunlight (10-20 minutes skin exposure daily, without sunscreen) is by far the best source of the preferred vitamin D3.
I like this Vitamin D3 spray, and use the 3000iu daily. This is going to be relative to your body though, so my best advice is to get a test, and/or take a look at the symptom list below for vitamin d deficiency, and then consult a nutritionist or natural health practitioner to work with you on bringing all of this into balance relative to your unique body.
Vitamin D is also essential for:
- Immune system responses
- Hormonal balance
- Mood, mental and emotional wellbeing
- Strong healthy bones
- Cellular protection
- Heart health
- Cognitive function
- Healthy weight
Signs of deficiency in vitamin D can include:
- Weak immune function
- Weakness, chronic fatigue
- Depression, anxiety
- Trouble sleeping
- Autoimmune disorders
- Asthma, eczema, psoriasis
- High blood pressure
- Chronic pain
As always, using your own biofeedback is essential, so give some time to becoming more aware of any symptoms you may be experiencing. Are they all the time, or do they come and go?
It is most often the case that there are just a couple of underlying causes that are responsible for all your health issues, and finding even just one of them will bring so much relief, just by giving your body what it needs to function optimally. Of course, self love is top of the self care list for a healing journey, but vitamin D is definitely a powerful tool to contribute to this process. If you’re reading this then my guess is you’re already on your way!