Am I getting enough Vitamin D to stay healthy? Find out if you're at risk for Vitamin D deficiency.

Your D3 supplement is called a vitamin, but it’s actually much more than than. It's both a nutrient we can eat and a hormone our bodies make when exposed to sunshine.  Here's a quick overview that will really drive home why Vitamin D3 is one of the daily supplements we can't do without: 

‌‌‌‌Vitamin D is important for immune health: Vitamin D protects the body’s innate and adaptive immune responses, helping white blood cells recognize foreign invaders and release protective proteins when needed.

Helps Mood and FocusVitamin D plays a key role in brain function. There are receptors for Vitamin D throughout our brain tissue, specifically designed for receiving chemical signals from vitamin D. For people suffering from stress (and who isn't these days?), Vitamin D is an important nutrient.

Overall Health and Longevity: Adequate levels of vitamin D can also help protect against:

  • Heart disease
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Blood sugar control
  • Decreased signs of aging
  • Cancer cell growth

Am I getting enough Vitamin D? 

This is the big question.  Worldwide, 1 in 3 people have vitamin D deficiency.  Did you know that people with low levels of vitamin D have two times the risk of developing serious illness and on average have a shorter lifespan, by 7 years?!

Here in Canada, the amount of vitamin D we get from sunlight exposure is limited because it can only be synthesized by our bodies during the late spring, summer and early fall months, from around 10am – 2pm, when the UV index is above 3. 

According to the most recent stats Canada data*:

  • Approximately 1 in 3 Canadians (32%) had low blood concentrations of vitamin D (under 50 nmol/L)
  • Children aged 3 to 5 were most likely to have adequate levels (89%), while the 20- to 39-year old age category had the lowest, at only 59%.
  •  About 40% of Canadians had low Vitamin D3 levels during winter months, compared with 25% in the summer.
  •  On average, females had a higher concentration of vitamin D in their blood than males.

*Vitamin D3 deficiency is defined as having a blood level of 25-OH-D3 of less than 25 ng/ml. The normal range is considered to be 30-50 ng/ml, but for optimal health, most health experts consider a blood level of 50 to 80 ng/ml as the target range. (Data for the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) compiled in 2012)

Wondering if You Need More Vitamin D3?

A blood test is the best way to know if you need to boost your intake of Vitamin D – and by how much.  If any of the following risk factors apply to you or someone you care for, speak with your doctor or healthcare provider and ask them to check if your blood levels of vitamin D are optimum.  

Risk Factors for Vitamin D Deficiency - check the following list to see what applies to you: 

  • I am over age 50 (aging skin is less able to absorb vitamin D)
  • I follow a vegetarian or vegan diet
  • I am Lactose intolerant
  • I suffer from digestive issues
  • I have a darker skin tone
  • I live in a retirement home or care facility
  • I spend the majority of my days indoors
  • I live in a Northern Climate

    If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may need to increase your vitamin D intake to make sure your body has adequate levels. Want to learn more about what Scientists and Doctors are saying about Vitamin D3? You can read the full post here

    Liquid SunVitamin D3 drops are one of the best ways to get your vitamin D each day. Just a drop on its own or in a glass of juice provides 1000 IU. It's so easy to protect your health with natural immune support. Click here to find the supplements you need to stay healthy and well this season. 

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