Did you know there is a Vitamin D Deficiency Epidemic in North America? Is it estimated that over 70% of all North Americans are deficient in Vitamin D.
Though I couldn’t find any Canadian studies, it is likely that the the numbers are higher in Canada, simply because we are further from the Equator and the healing magic of the sun.
Insufficient amounts of vitamin D have been linked to:
- Suppressed Immune System
- Increased risk of disease (heart disease and certain types of Cancer)
- Heightened inflammation (fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis)
- Increased levels of pain
What Can You Do?
Sunbathing: Get 30 minutes of sun a day, whenever you can. Your skin needs to be exposed to direct sunlight (no windows in between). Walk, run, sit on a picnic bench with your face pointed to the sun and as much skin exposed as you can manage. Even in the middle of a Vancouver winter, there are sunny days or sunny hours. Take advantage when you can. You may also consider taking Vitamin D supplements.
Vitamin D supplements: Vitamin D is critical to the absorption of Calcium, so you will often see them packaged together. If it is an especially rainy and dark winter you may want to take extra daily doses.