What Are The Health Benefits Of Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is not actually a vitamin, but a prohormone or precursor of a hormone. Vitamin D is produced by the body in response to skin being exposed to sunlight. It can also occur naturally in some foods like fish, egg yolks, and in fortified dairy and grain products. Vitamin D is essential for a variety of reasons including maintaining health bones and teeth. It also supports the immune, brain and nervous system, regulates insulin levels, supports lung function and cardiovascular health.
Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency can occur for a number of reasons. The body makes vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Many people do not get enough sun which can cause the deficiency. If you have darker skin, the pigment melanin reduces the skin’s ability to make Vitamin D in response to sun exposure. Vitamin D is in fish, egg yolks and fortified milk, but if you do not consume enough or any of these items, the vitamin D levels can be low. Some people have trouble absorbing Vitamin D due to medical problems like Crohn’s Disease and Celiac disease. Weight also impacts the Vitamin D levels.
Treatment For Vitamin D Deficiency
The best way to get more Vitamin D is to get more through diet and supplements. There is no consensus on the levels required for optimal health, a concentration of less than 20 nanograms per milliliter is generally considered inadequate. It is important to determine your optimal levels and the best way is to check them with a lab panel or blood work.
Revolution Fitness & LA Health Solutions
Revolution Fitness has partnered with LA Health Solutions to assure you attain your fitness and health goals. We use scientific lab testing procedures (blood work) to help determine what you need. This approach to physical wellness can help you determine what you need to do to stay healthy or get healthy by removing all of the guesswork. You can effectively monitor your health status, check your cholesterol, thyroid function, liver function, blood sugar, hormones at a reasonable cost. We use the results to create a customized diet and supplemental program that is designed for you for the maximum results. If you are interested in learning more about your Vitamin D levels or anything else, give us a call today!