Vitamin D deficiency in America is a growing problem for adults and children. Vitamin D regulates levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood, eases depression and chronic pain and may prevent the cold, colon and breast cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and prevents rickets according to MSNBC.
As more Americans regularly use sun screen and spend more time inside watching big screen TVs and using the computer and video games, levels of vitamin D, which is boosted from being outside in the sun, are getting lower. MSNBC reports that “certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light prompt our bodies to synthesize vitamin D.” Have you spent any time outside in the past few days? Too many Americans are spending much more time inside than previous generations ever did.
To increase your vitamin D levels, drink milk (which is fortified with vitamin D), get some natural sunlight outside, even in the winter, take a multivitamin that contains vitamin D, and eat foods that contain vitamin D such as: sardines, salmon, shrimp, cod, yogurt, herring, and liver.
It is widely reported in the news that salmon is good for heart health. Since it also helps one build vitamin D levels perhaps upping one’s intake of salmon is a good idea. I love to eat salmon when dining out. I don’t like to cook it at home as the odor seems to linger.
I have also started drinking milk as my beverage of choice lately. I have banned all soda and iced tea drink mixes from the home. I am trying to avoid chemicals and eat and drink only natural product. Perhaps the vitamin D in the milk will help my overall health.
Over time, perhaps the increase in milk (2%) will up my vitamin D levels. Surely drinking something natural is better than all the fake ingredients in most commercial drinks on the market. If I have a craving for iced tea now I just make it from a real tea bag and add ice.
I am also trying to walk outside more. I always get a little less energetic in the winter. I think that is due to less sunshine and perhaps less vitamin D in my body. My mood always improves dramatically on a sunny day. It is such a joyful feeling to walk outside and feel the heat of the sun on the body.
I have long thought I might be happier spending winters in the South! Today the sky is grey, it is snowing, and going outside would not even give one a bit of vitamin D as the day is quite bleak.
So I will take a multivitamin and hope I have enough vitamin D in my body. I have never asked that my levels be tested, but after reading about the impact of vitamin D on health, perhaps now I will.