Many of us are emerging from the long winter months in lockdown, while others are now experiencing a change of season that will see them exposed to less sunlight, both groups need to be aware of their vitamin D status or at least be thinking about getting tested.
And here’s why…
Vitamin D is a steroid hormone and is available in small quantities in food, but we primarily get our vitamin D from the sun’s UV ray’s when it penetrates the skin.
Hence why those people that live in the north and south latitudes of the earth should be sparing a thought to their stores of this nutrient. From the skin, the vitamin D travels to the liver and kidneys, where the active form is produced.
The active form is thought to support 100s of important biological processes in the body. These include supporting immune function, the growth and development of cells and building strong, healthy bones.
Vitamin D plays a large role in immunity by protecting the cells of the immune system for oxidative stress. It is for this reason many studies have linked a deficiency of vitamin D to many diseases, as well as poorer outcomes for those with existing disease.
With a reliance on the sun’s rays for production, low levels of vitamin D can occur in many different groups of people. The older we are the less ability we have at making the vitamin D in the skin, increasing the risk of deficiency.
Those with darker skin tones have more protection against the sun’s UV rays and therefore could be at risk, particularly if they do not live in a sunny climate.
Individual’s that cover their skin up for cultural or religious reasons, who work a night shift or who have been hospitalized will also have limited exposure to the sun.
It is estimated that in the USA alone that around 30% of people are significantly deficient in vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency can present with fatigue or tiredness, bone or joint pains, muscle pain, low mood, low energy and more frequent infections. Severe deficiency has been linked with more serious chronic diseases and osteoporosis.
Vitamin D levels can be easily checked by a doctor or medical professional to explore whether deficiency is present and treatment with supplemental vitamin D can be very effective.
Sometimes genetic variations can make it more challenging for the body to use the vitamin D, and this can also be easily checked through a genetic test, assessing the enzymes that carry vitamin D around the body and use it for all of those 100+ biological processes.
To book your vitamin D test go to our website for more information www.revivme.com.