Vitamin D

 

Vitamin D continues to be found to be one of the most important vitamins and one that recent research is showing 77% of Americans are deficient even in sunny Arizona.  Vitamin D is actually a steroid hormone that is important in the health of nearly every cell in our body and has been linked to health conditions that range from infertility to cancer and heart disease.

Vitamin D is so critical to our heath that we urge everyone to check their levels and to optimize.  It was once thought that getting 20 minutes a day of sunlight exposure was sufficient but the research is showing many people are deficient in spite of the sunlight.  Anyone struggling with fertility, auto-immune issues or cancer issues, this is especially important.

Nothing replaces a healthy lifestyle – there are no magic bullets.  In our busy and often stressful lives, additional supplementation is typically needed for children and adults for optimal health. Regular eating at fast food locations along with a more sedentary lifestyle, chemical additives, depleted nutrients in our food supply is resulting in an ever increasing obesity rate with chronic diseases starting at younger and younger ages.  Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and studies confirm an association between obesity and Vitamin D deficiency.  One of the reasons for this is fat retains Vitamin D making it less available to the rest of the body.  Deficiencies are also predictive of insulin resistance.

Mounting evidence shows that Vitamin D can support muscle strength and help reduce the risk and incidence of falls. Bone and muscle pain can indicate inadequate Vitamin D levels which can lead to osteomalacia.  

Scientists have been able to establish the biological impact of Vitamin D in cancer prevention recognizing the vitamin’s effects on cell proliferation.  Vitamin D is believed to have involvement in both primary and secondary prevention of prostate cancer, breast cancer as well as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, melanoma, and other malignancies. A Finnish study found that person’s with the lowest levels of Vitamin D had three times higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

This article is for informational purposes only. For more information, call Dr. Keith Lavender or William Jarman.  We urge everyone to be active in their health care. You don’t have to get sick to get healthy!

To learn more about ways to live a happier, healthier life for yourself and your family, call 480-325-6977 to schedule a free consultation. The doctors at Foresight Chiropractic Wellness Center are board certified Atlas Orthogonist providing precise and gentle care for over 15 years.  Wellness Opportunity Workshops are held most Tuesday evenings at 6:15 free of charge. Learn how your nervous system controls and coordinates every organ, gland, and cell in your body.

 

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