Getting Down with Vitamin D Deficiency

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New Studies have come out to light this week that this Vitamin has some pretty major affect on your Gastro Intestinal System … So for all those standard people  out there who don’t speak doctor or scientist  , A low vitamin D level in your body can be the cause of the upset stomach or the stomach issues you are currently having.

As we know medical science is forever changing and looking at new ways to study things and what things are the cause and effect of different things,

There has been some advances in the studies on the humble Vitamin D ( for those not in the know this is the vitamin we get from the sun )

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Your body needs this humble little vitamin to aid in the absorption of calcium and to promote bone growth ,too little of it causes rickets in children ( the soft bone disease) and osteomalacia in adults ( the disease that causes misshapen bones in adults). Its good to take a Vitamin D with K2  if you have bone issues  with your bones as K2 “activates” the calcium-binding properties of proteins.

 

In New Zealand it is recorded that  around 5% of adults are deficient in Vitamin D . Though Jackie believes this could be higher due to the amount of time ourselves and our children now spend inside compared  to  how much time we as children spent outside . As this is particularly common amongst people who lead unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles, low vitamin D levels have been associated with obesity; at the same time as obesity is rising, vitamin D levels are falling.

 

The Medical University of Graz, has led much research on the effects of vitamin D supplementation in different aspects of male and female fertility. Research from this  group and others suggests vitamin D affects many aspects of fertility in both genders, including influencing production and maturation of sperm cells in men, egg cell and uterine lining maturation in women, and sex hormone production in both sexes. Vitamin D levels have been associated with in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) outcome, some features of PCOS and endometriosis in women. In men, levels of vitamin D have been linked to semen quality and male hormone levels in both fertile and infertile men. So if one was trying to get pregnant one should really assess on if their levels in this vitamin is low therefore effecting their ability to conceive.

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A lack of vitamin D has also been linked to some other conditions such as cancer, asthma,type-I diabetes, type-II diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s , Irritable Bowel Syndrome , Gastro intestinal Issues , and much more .

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Vitamin D and calcium supplementation along with diet and exercise may prevent Type 2 diabetes in prediabetic individuals who have insufficient vitamin D in their bodies, a study suggests. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to prediabetes, which is a blood glucose, or sugar, level that is too high but not high enough to be considered diabetes. It is unclear, however, if bringing low vitamin D blood levels to normal through supplementation will affect progression to diabetes.

As you can see this humble little vitamin  is used in so many of our systems from the Immune system, which helps you to fight infection, Muscle function, Cardiovascular function, for a healthy heart and circulation

Respiratory system –for healthy lungs and airways, Brain development and even Anti-cancer effects

Your body is kind of like a car , If you are giving it the wrong fuel it will hiccup and break down and need more servicing , Your small intestine is like the fuel filter , It lets the good stuff through and filters out the bad stuff , If that gets blocked it wont work very well at all.

 

How much vitamin D do we need?

Age 

(years)     

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Vitamin D (µg/day)

Infants and toddlers 1-3 5
Children and adolescents 4-18 5
Adults 19-50 5
51-70 10
70+ 15
Pregnant and breastfeeding women 14-50 5

 

Who needs more and why?

  1. Older people, particularly those who are housebound with limited exposure to sunlight.
  2. Those with a darker skin colour, e.g. Maori and Pacific Islanders, or people who are veiled.
  3. Those living in the South Island during the winter.
  1. Those of us who spend all day inside at a computer or at a desk job.
  1. Meat factory or shift workers – those who start early morning and finish late evening.

 

Which foods contain vitamin D?

Vitamin D is in oily fish, such as canned tuna and salmon, eggs, lean meat and dairy products.  There are now margarines, milks and yoghurts fortified with vitamin D available in New Zealand. Our Goats Milk powder has Vitamin D , with it being a powder its great not only to add in baking you can also use it as a full milk substitute and is great when travelling or camping

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How can I make sure I am getting enough Vitamin D

Well in summer spending time outside before 10 am and after 4 pm is a great way to get the vitamin D you need , On the days when you cant do this its also great to get it through the food we eat or the easier way is to take a vitamin supplement such as  Vitamin D-3, High Potency, Or if you are worried about your bones you can take Calcium Magnesium Citrate, with Vitamin D3, or Vitamin D-3 & K-2.

If you have little ones and you are worried about them getting enough our Animal Parade, Children’s Chewable Multi-Vitamin  along with our Baby DHA has Vitamin D in it for them and one of our staff’s children love the taste  of the multi vitamin and think they are getting a lolly after breakfast instead of a vitamin

 

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