Vitamin D Deficiency

Research has shown that 41.6% of Americans are Vitamin D deficient. In several recent studies concerning the impact of vitamin D on Corvid 19, researchers have discovered a link that may help the future of our immune system.

What is Vitamin D

We have all heard that Vitamin D is a nutrient that the body needs for building and supporting healthy bones. However, Vitamin D does much more than what we were once told. Vitamin D also regulates other cell functions in the body as well as it possesses anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties to support immune health, muscle function, and brain cell activity. According to the FDA, the major function of vitamin D is to help with the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the small intestine.

Vitamin D Deficiency Concern

In 1933, commercial milk manufacturers began adding vitamin D to milk, as a public health initiative to reduce rickets. Recently, in July 2016, the FDA approved an increase in the amount of Vitamin D that may be added as an optional ingredient to milk and milk alternatives such as soy, almond, coconut, and edible plant-based yogurt alternatives. Many other food manufacturers add vitamin D to cereals, shakes, etc.

Despite all the efforts to add vitamin D to these foods, research has shown that 41.6% of Americans remain Vitamin D deficient.

Vitamin D Deficient Signs

Some of the signs and symptoms below are, not limited to—Getting sick often or dealing with infections.

  • Chronic Fatigue and Tiredness
  • Back and Bone Pain
  • Depression
  • Bone Loss
  • Hair Loss
  • Impaired Wound Healing

As always please check with your physician for proper tests and evaluations. Blood tests are available, and your physician can advise you on proper treatment if you are deficient.

Vitamin D Deficiency and Gut Related Disorders

Includes: Colon cancer, Diverticulitis, Inflammatory bowel disease, and Irritable bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Since your digestive tract contains a large network of nerves that communicate to regulate your digestion, Vitamin D gives that multi-tasking network the support it needs to function properly. Vitamin D helps control the levels of calcium in the body’s system, which these nerves rely on calcium to transmit signals. When a loss of calcium occurs a breakdown in nerve communication begins. Hence, why Vitamin D plays an intricate role in the digestive tract.

What causes Vitamin D Deficiency?

A publication on PubMed suggests that some authorities believe that low 25(OH)D is the result of chronic inflammation rather than the cause. The research also states that inflammation is believed to be a contributing factor to many chronic diseases, which has prompted the research of Vitamin D on inflammation. However, despite the increase in vitamin D supplementation, inflammatory diseases are increasing.

The research points to a bacterial etiology pathogenesis for an inflammatory disease process which results in high 1,25(OH)2D and low 25(OH)D (severe  Vitamin D deficiency).

According to an article published on Healthline, a diet high in processed foods and added sugars can decrease the number of good bacteria in your gut.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, if the gut is inflamed due to leaky gut and other inflammatory gut disorders, fat absorption is compromised and vitamin D levels suffer.

Nutritional Aspects

If we understand what is making us sick, then we should take the necessary steps to avoid it. Much research has already proven that highly processed foods and sugars are bad for us and cause a multitude of adverse effects in the body that still confound many doctors today.

As state above, GUT HEALTH is important and can prevent a plethora of chronic diseases if we only take time to STOP eating BAD FOOD and pay attention to eating wholesome and healthy foods.  Getting your gut health back in order takes time—months. It’s not a process that happens overnight, just as chronic inflammation doesn’t happen overnight.

Vitamin D is an extremely important nutrient our bodies need. However, we are being blindly being robbed of it because of the foods we eat, not because we don’t consume enough of the foods that contain it.

Consider the possibilities: Vitamin D is added to breakfast cereal. Most breakfast cereals these days are highly processed with added sugars, corn syrups, and preservatives. Ah-yes, now you get it. So, hypothetically speaking, if we were to consume these foods we are introducing into our bodies the main ingredients that are causing our gut bacteria to be compromised therefore result in inflammation and malabsorption of essential nutrients including—you got it…Vitamin D.

Good Sources of Vitamin D

A few good food sources of vitamin d are:

1, Fatty Fish- Salmon, sardines, mackerel, bluefish and catfish.

2. Cod Liver Oil

3. Canned Tuna

4. Whole eggs

5. Mushrooms

As always, if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms mentioned, please contact your health care provider for proper tests and consultation. Vitamin D deficiency can be resolved with the help of your physician as they can determine the proper dosage needed to bring you back into balance.

Keep your gut healthy—your life depends on it!

With much love to you all! Until Next time, be your best. John and Tracey

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