Did you know that more than 50% of the population is deficient in Vitamin D? And, if you are a senior citizen the rate jumps to as high as 95%!!
Even though it is called a "vitamin", vitamin D is actually a steroid hormone precursor. It is primarily delivered to your body from the sun, not the foods you eat. With the increase in use of sunscreen and less time spent outdoors the amount of people deficient in this important "vitamin" is on the rise.
Very few foods, even those "fortified with vitamin D", have levels high enough to support the bodies requirement. There are some signs you may be deficient, but it is best to have a inexpensive blood test run to find your exact level. I had mine checked and was shocked that I was extremely deficient. It happens to the best of us!!
Signs you could be deficient in Vitamin D include:
1)You feel down. Depression is linked to low vitamin D levels.
2)You are over age 50. As we age our skin does not make as much vitamin D in response to the sun exposure. Your kidneys also are less able to convert the vitamin D to the usable form.
3)You have darker skin. Dark skin acts as a natural sunscreen. African Americans may need up to 10times more sun exposure to produce the same amount of vitamin D as a pale person.
4)You are overweight or obese. Vitamin D is a fat soluble substance. This means your fat cells will just collect it, it will not be usable by the body. This means you will need a higher intake of vitamin D than a slim person.
5)Your bones ache. Many people will be misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia when really they are deficient in Vitamin D.
6)You have gut problems. If you have GI problems like leaky gut, crohn's disease, celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity you will not be absorbing fats properly and therefore not absorbing your Vitamin D.
Get your blood work tested. I am happy to order this simple test for you. Just call me at 314-459-0935 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org