- cardiovascular disease
- mental disorders
- autoimmune problems
Am I at risk of Vitamin D deficiency?Everyone one is at risk of Vitamin D deficiency but especially those who are overweight, pregnant women, children and the elderly. Obese children and adults need 2 –5 times more of this vitamin due to the fact that vitamin D gets ‘trapped’ in fat and cannot be used by the body. You are also at risk if you live a more sedentary lifestyle spending more time inside than out in the sun.
How much Vitamin D do I need?It is recommended to have your level of this vitamin tested either through your healthcare professional or doctor If you Vitamin D level is below 40 ng/ml (USA) or 100 nmol/l (Australia) your levels are too low.
How to get more Vitamin D in your diet
- Lifestyle It is recommended that adults get 5 –10 minutes of sun on their face, arms and hands a day in the summer months and 20 minutes per day in the winter months. Morning to afternoon when the sun is at its peak is the best time to soak in those rays.
- Diet Vitamin D rich foods are: wild caught salmon, sardines, eggs, butter, liver and mushrooms.
- Supplementation Vitamin D is readily available in supplement form.