It has been a slow day today. The weather’s a tad bit gloomy and endless cups of coffee have been at my disposal since morning.
I had just reviewed some blood results for patients due for bio-identical hormones. It is our standard preliminary assessment whereby the whole range of hormones are evaluated. Much rightly so, since all the hormones are connected in uncountable ways.
What I have discovered amidst sheets and sheets of test reports, is that almost everyone appears to be deficient in vitamin D. This has come as a bit of an eye opener to me, 9 out of 10 people seem to be lacking in this suave hormone cum mineral entity. There is no statistical evidence to that data, just an observation on my side. Men and women alike, differing age groups and ethnicity – all share the patriotic similarity of being short of vitamin D. Talk about unity at a micro-nutrient level.
This has prompted me (in addition, to all the caffeine that has gone in), to write an article on Vitamin D and its “playing hard to get” status quo. Especially, when it has been offered to us in its abundance: sunlight.
I think it’s only fair to assume that all of us get plenty of this sunny vitamin.
Vitamin D attributes
So lets just briefly discuss the attributes of this molecule:
The grand role of Vitamin D cannot and should not be underestimated. Vitamin D plays a key role as an agent of:
Vitamin D tips
Get your dose of sunlight from 10am to 3pm, about 15-20 minutes daily – a little longer if you are darker skinned.
Eat foods that can increase your levels naturally like: salmon, cod fish, eggs, fortified milk & cereals, cheese, mushrooms, apricot, squash, broccoli, liver and others.
Supplements both oral and sublingual are available for those with severe deficiencies. However, I strongly recommend a doctors consult prior to starting these.
Keep your gut healthy with balanced foods, adequate fibre and probiotics. A well oiled gut will aid in vitamin D absorption.
Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dysfunction of the kidneys.
Maintain a healthy weight so that there is no sequestration of vitamin D in the excess visceral fats.
Perform regular blood checks to ensure all hormones are functioning at their optimum.
Vitamin D Rocks!!