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Vitamin D is know under its bright name – a Sunshine vitamin. Our bodies can churn this vitamin out only when our skin is exposed to the sun. We don’t need hours to accumulate this vitamin in sufficient quantities to function well and have enough to keep our bodies in great shape. All we need is ten to fifteen minutes of regular activities like walking or working in our yard.

Some foods have a natural occurrence of vitamin D: fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks –yes to the power of eggs in our lives! Sunshine and certain foods are essential for us to enjoy healthy levels of vitamin D.

We all know that vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets. Without the presence of vitamin D, the bone tissue cannot absorb calcium out of the blood stream, thus, unable to form strong bones. Yet science discovers a wider role vitamin D plays in our well-being. Let’s give it a quick run in our discussion threads and get familiarized with some new data, at least for some of us, anyway.

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  1. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says


    Symptoms and Health Risks of Vitamin D Deficiency

    Source: webMD

    Symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can mean you have a vitamin D deficiency. However, for many people, the symptoms are subtle. Yet, even without symptoms, too little vitamin D can pose health risks. Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated with the following:

    – Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
    – Cognitive impairment in older adults
    – Severe asthma in children
    – Cancer

    Research suggests that vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, including:

    – Type 1 and Type 2 diabete
    – Hypertension
    – Glucose intolerance, and
    – Multiple sclerosis

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    • Good morning I’m here for as long as I Canby vitamin D don’t have no problems there but such great good information

    • Hello , everyone. Will be interesting to see if I am getting enough Vitamin D.

    • Amanda Alvarado says

      We aren’t a big milk drinking family so looking forward to how we can get more Vit D (aside from the sun since that’s our main source right now! LOL)

      • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says

        Other than the sun, we can take supplements with Vitamin D. You need to find a good brand that is of quality and no fillers. Personally, I love the GARDEN OF LIFE brand. Quality company that is vegan, organic, no fillers! They are local to me, and I buy their stuff all the time! They have Vitamin D varieties. Check it out here
        Many foods for children are now fortified with vitamin D.

  2. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says

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    Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency

    Source: webMD

    Vitamin D deficiency can occur for a number of reasons:

    You don’t consume the recommended levels of the vitamin over time.
    This is likely if you follow a strict vegan diet, because most of the natural sources are animal-based, including fish and fish oils, egg yolks, fortified milk, and beef liver.

    Your exposure to sunlight is limited.
    Because the body makes vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight, you may be at risk of deficiency if you are homebound, live in northern latitudes, wear long robes or head coverings for religious reasons, or have an occupation that prevents sun exposure.

    You have dark skin.

    The pigment melanin reduces the skin’s ability to make vitamin D in response to sunlight exposure. Some studies show that older adults with darker skin are at high risk of vitamin D deficiency.

    Your kidneys cannot convert vitamin D to its active form.
    As people age, their kidneys are less able to convert vitamin D to its active form, thus increasing their risk of vitamin D deficiency.

    Your digestive tract cannot adequately absorb vitamin D.
    Certain medical problems, including Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, and celiac disease, can affect your intestine’s ability to absorb vitamin D from the food you eat.

    You are obese.
    Vitamin D is extracted from the blood by fat cells, altering its release into the circulation. People with a body mass index of 30 or greater often have low blood levels of vitamin D.

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    • Now I did not even know that and right now I’m sitting by my window the sun is streaming in I’m getting my vitamin D

      • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says

        Doesn’t these little facts empower us all?
        Every time we do something, eat something, get something done – when we know the cause-effect, the “why’s” of what is happening in the moment – it gives me a moment of empowerment like never before.
        We do these things Consciously, and it makes the final result so much more powerful!

    • I do agree, about no sunlight in the winter in the North, something we don’t see the sun for day during a winter storm. Nice to know Vitamin D plays a roll in weight loss.

      • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says

        In the case when you live in the areas where sunshine is scarce, vitamin D supplementation may be needed. You physician is always in the know! ASK!

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    Tests for Vitamin D Deficiency

    Source: webMD

    The most accurate way to measure how much vitamin D is in your body is the 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood test. A level of 20 nanograms/milliliter to 50 ng/mL is considered adequate for healthy people. A level less than 12 ng/mL indicates vitamin D deficiency.

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    • I am guessing, they don’t for this with normal blood work.

      • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says

        Not all bloodworks created equal!

        • So this is something that we have to ask for at the doctors when we go

          • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says

            If you spend a lot of time in the sun, you are not vitamin D deficient, unless something’s really wrong going on.
            But next time you are at the doc’s – ask!
            I spend enough time in the sun, I know I do not need it.
            Also, due to the vitamin deficiencies, our government mandated the food companies to add vitamin D to some foods like Cereals!
            Plus, check your Daily Multi-vitamin: there could be vitamin D added to its daily dose!

  5. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says


    Treatment for Vitamin D Deficiency

    Source: webMD

    Treatment for vitamin D deficiency involves getting more vitamin D – through diet and supplements. Although there is no consensus on vitamin D levels required for optimal health – and it likely differs depending on age and health conditions – a concentration of less than 20 nanograms per milliliter is generally considered inadequate, requiring treatment.

    Guidelines from the Institute of Medicine increased the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin D to 600 international units (IU) for everyone ages 1-70, and raised it to 800 IU for adults older than age 70 to optimize bone health. The safe upper limit was also raised to 4,000 IU. Doctors may prescribe more than 4,000 IU to correct a vitamin D deficiency.

    If you don’t spend much time in the sun or always are careful to cover your skin (sunscreen inhibits vitamin D production), you should speak to your doctor about taking a vitamin D supplement, particularly if you have risk factors for vitamin D deficiency.

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