Day 9: Get your D!

Being the obsessive health nut that I am, I read a lot of health news. I follow all things health, healthcare, nutrition, fitness, etc compulsively. So lately as I read my daily fix, I’ve noticed that one topic keeps showing up in every source; the importance of Vitamin D.

Now I’ve always known how important the “sunshine” vitamin is, but I never really knew how pivotal it is in preventing diseases like cancer and helping strengthen bones. Current research has found that D deficiency is a significant factor in at least 17 varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, etc. Yikes! Current research has also found that  a high number of people are no longer getting enough of the nutrient, doctors say. I will get to why that is in a bit.

How can you get enough D? Vitamin D, (aka the sunshine vitamin) can be naturally produced by the sun, and spending 15 minutes in the sun a week can produce enough of the vitamin naturally. (More reasons to sunbathe and play in the sun!)

However, If you are like half the world, finding adequate sunshine in the frigid winter months is just not possible. So if your stuck inside from October to March, luckily you can take a supplement with at least 5,000 units (IU) of vitamin D daily to get the recommended dosage. (visit www.gnc.com to purchase a bottle!)

So if it’s so easy to get, why is the number of adults with vitamin D deficiency  increasing at such a high rate each year? Well, according to an article in The San Francisco Chronicle, we have turned into a culture that shies away from the sunshine and doesn’t drink enough milk, due to increased sun cancer cases and the high calories and fat found in milk. So more and more doctors are prescribing vitamin D supplements to ensure adults are getting enough. (see the full article here http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/08/MN8T1BEG4V.DTL).

So whether you take it orally, play in the sun or drink a gallon of milk, make sure to get at least 200 IU’s up tp 600 international units of vitamin D a day to prevent cardiovascular disease (along with many other diseases) and strengthen your bones!

So to help my poor radial fracture, I bought a bottle of D  and began my first dosgae! No better resolution than that to improve my bones and my heart!

For more information on D, visit these sites! 

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php
http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/

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~ by therealnutritionist on January 9, 2010.

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