Lets talk about why Vitamin D is such a hot topic right now. With the ever-rising % of people in the US diagnosed with Osteoporosis, the new-found focus regarding Vitamin D is not surprising. And here’s why, Vitamin D helps the body maintain strong healthy bones by retaining Calcium.
Calcium promotes a healthy heart and nerves, contracts muscles, improves skin, bone and teeth, helps the body to maintain acid-alkaline balance, it also reduces menstrual cramps and tremors.
The two biggest robbers of Vitamin D are lack of sunlight and fried foods (sorry fish and chips, ur outta here!). The biggest robbers of Calcium are alcohol, excess fat, lack of exercise, more than 200mg caffeine per day, phosphorus (soda including diet has been linked to calcium depletion) and stress.
When you look at the robbers of both Vitamin D and Calcium next to the average American diet and sedentary lifestyle and top it off with loads of stress it begins to makes sense why reported diagnoses of osteoporosis increased 55% between 1995 and 2006.
If you are experiencing backache, muscle cramps, hair loss, insomnia, nervousness, high blood pressure, joint pain or stiffness you might be deficient in Vitamin D and or Calcium. If you think you might be deficient in Vitamin D try getting at least 15 minutes exposure to the sun even when the sun is not visible and eat a diet rich in organic eggs, salmon, herring, oysters, cottage cheese and mackerel. In supplemental form animal origin or yeast origin are best for Vitamin D. Other vitamins that protect and promote Vitamin D are Vitamins A, C and E. Some of the best food sources of Calcium are raw almonds, raw pumpkin seeds, cabbage, prunes, parsley and corn tortillas. In supplemental form a ratio of 3:2 Calcium to Magnesium works well. It has been noted that Calcium Amino Acid Chelate or Citrate are absorbed twice as well as Calcium Carbonate.
*It has been suggested that you shoot for 5,000-10,000 iu per day*