Why Christmas Cheer is Down This Year?
Christmas is upon us. In many parts While Cholesterol, Heart Disease, Autism and “silent” killers have been well publicized, our population is still struggling to understand Vitamin D deficiencies and soaring rates in US adults and teens.
Globally, 1 billion people have not enough vitamin D levels in their blood. More surpisingly, vitamin D deficiencies can be found in all ethnicities and age groups.
What are the leading causes of Vitamin D Deficiency?
The amount of sunlight and type of food consumed is largely credited with the increase of Vitamin D deficiency rates in the past four decades.
The following are specific areas that have changed in the past 40 years.
1) Increase in Air Conditioning Usage
2) Increase in Indoor-Media (TV, Ipad, Desktop, Iphone)
3) Shift of Occupation to Interior Settings (office)
4) Protective Measures against Skin Cancer
1) Diet Lower in Cholesterol
2) Higher Rates of Obesity
3) Farm Raised Meat vs. Free-Range Farms
4) Increased sugar and sodium intake
What practical steps can we take to prevent Vitamin D Deficiency?
- Take a 15 minute walk each day. Take three 5 minute walks outdoors. Do you have a dog you can play with or need to catch up with a friend? By spacing out three sessions you will help your body receive the needed amount of Vitamin D.
- Shop for free-range at your local Whole Foods or grocery store. By selecting foods with natural growth patterns you are helping your body gain a needed Vitamin D amount.
- Reduce your sodium intake. High amounts of sodium can lead to high blood pressure. When this occurs, Vitamin D deficiency is a correlating factor (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0054625)