According to studies done by scientists at Oregon State University, Vitamin D encourages the expression of a gene that has antimicrobial properties. How cool is that? Our body has its own antimicrobial force – we don’t need all those soaps and hand cleansers with added antimicrobials! Vitamin D to the rescue – it stimulates our immune system!
We’ve always know about the benefits of Vitamin D for bone health, and recently, a six year study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found ” low levels of vitamin D were associated with substantial cognitive decline in the elderly population studied over a 6-year period, which raises important new possibilities for treatment and prevention.” This is good news for us Baby Boomers! We are taking every measure possible to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, and this is another step we can take to hang onto our healthy brain cells longer.
The bad news is that current estimates state that 70% of Americans have a Vitamin D deficiency. I have been recommending Vitamin D testing for quite some time as a preventative for the development of Osteoporosis. This is just one more study that shows how important Vitamin D really is. The test is easy for both you and your doctor to complete, and most insurance companies cover it. Find out today what your levels are and if you need to increase them here are some things you can do:
For years, we Americans have been afraid of skin cancer so we’ve been hiding from the sun, and now we are missing our “sunshine” vitamin. It’s not easy or practical to attempt to get all of the Vitamin D that we need from the food we ingest – especially when just 15 minutes of sunshine goes a long way toward helping our bodies increase Vitamin D. Get your face out in the sunshine for 15 minutes a day before putting on sunscreen or going back to work at your desk. Your body will thank you.
Supplements are also inexpensive and easily taken. Many doctors now recommend between 1000 and 3000 IU per day. Because my levels were low, my doctor has me taking 3000 IU a day. The new liquid forms of Vitamin D are becoming increasingly popular for both cost effectiveness and superior absorption, drop them right into some water or fruit juice. Either way, get yourself tested and make sure you get enough “Sunshine Vitamin” every day!
Best of Health,