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. Your skin needs to be exposed to direct sunlight (no windows in between). Walk, run, sit on a picnic bench in your shorts and sleeveless T-shirt. During the summer months this will give you all the Vitamin D you need. During the winter you will want to take Vitamin D supplements.
Vitamin D supplements: Vitamin D is critical to the absorption of Calcium, so you will often see them packaged together. During our Vancouver winters you may also want to take extra daily doses.