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Do You Need D? Signs You Are Vitamin D Deficient

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Our bodies need Vitamin D, but so many of us are not getting enough.

Sitting behind desks and eating snacks and foods that are not supplying our system with the nutrition our body requires is, sorry to be so blunt, killing us quickly.

Maybe you are optimal weight and assume you are healthy, but there are signs your system provides that will tell you to get some D… Vitamin D.

Where do you get Vitamin D?

Let me be clear, there are very few foods that provide Vitamin D. Now there are some cereals that manufacturers claim there is Vitamin D added, but I suggest you look at the other ingredients in those cereals. You will probably find added sugars, preservatives and possibly GMOs.

Some of the primary foods that supply Vitamin D are:

  • Fatty fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel, etc…
  • Beef liver – How many of you eat that?
  • Cheese
  • Egg yolks

But the best way to get your Vitamin D is not from something you ingest, it is from the sun.

Yes, the sun’s rays entering our skin create a process in which our system naturally manufactures Vitamin D.

You need sunlight!

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I know that many people are probably suffering from Vitamin D deficiency and do not even realize it.

  • People who work night shift and sleep during the day.
  • Office workers.
  • Etc…

Another fact is the paranoia that people have of cancer from the sun.

Okay, I will not argue that the sun can also damage you, but only if you overdo your sunlight exposure. Just like nearly anything, you have to be wise and use common sense.

Use sun protection… Yes, your body will still manufacture Vitamin D if you have sunscreen on your skin.

Just make a plan to get out in the sun and get your D.

How do you know if you are short on Vitamin D?

Your body and your brain will give you signs telling you to get Vitamin D. But you need to know what those signs are.

I am going to tell you various signs that your system may be giving you that you need some D. Do know that I am not a medical doctor, so you should seek your Doctor’s advice too.

Weakness in muscles

If you notice that your muscles are not showing the strength they did previously, it could be a sign that your low on Vitamin D.

Remember that if it feels serious, you need to see a Doctor.

Age

Studies have shown that once you hit 50, the body does not manufacture Vitamin D as sufficiently as it did when you were younger.

Once you hit that age, you need to be proactive and get Vitamin D by eating properly.

One product I would highly recommend is the Blu-Lina Organic Spirulina to get more Vitamin D in your system.

Pain in your bones

Now this could be serious, so I do suggest you see a Doctor, but having pain in your bones can be a sign that you are deficient in Vitamin D.

Low energy levels and tiredness

If you find yourself constantly tired and you have low energy levels, you just may be low in Vitamin D.

Moody

Scientists have found that Vitamin D affects serotonin levels in our brains. If you are feeling grouchy often, it might be a low D level.

Get some dose of sunlight and be happy.

Hypertension and high blood pressure

Again, it is a good idea to seek professional medical opinions, but studies have also shown a direct link with hypertension and low Vitamin D levels.

Psoriasis

It’s true! Dandruff can be a sign that you are deficient of Vitamin D.

While that isn’t the only cause of psoriasis, the Mayo Clinic claims that getting more Vitamin D can greatly help people with psoriasis.

Depression

In areas of the world where the sun doesn’t shine for long hours during certain seasons, depression is a huge problem. Suicide rates are higher and other depression related problems.

If depression is an issue, you probably need more Vitamin D.

Conclusion

Vitamin D plays a huge role in our overall health. It can help our immune system, cardiovascular system and many other areas of our health.

So I suggest you proactively seek as much Vitamin D as you can. Get out in the sun more and remember that Blu-Lina Organic Spirulina is a great source of D too.

Also, this supplement formula by the noble prize winning Dr. Dwight McKee has Vitamin D with Vitamin K. Vitamin K helps absorb the D for optimal performance:.

Do you have any questions?

Just ask below and will you please share this with others so they can get their D.

Thank you and have a safe and healthy day!

Don’t Be A Victim To No Vitamins – Part 2

vitaminsJust last week, I started this series to explain why vitamins are so important for our health and well-being. While supplements are a good way to get the needed vitamins and minerals we have neglected to feed our bodies, the best way to get the vitamins we need is to eat properly.

Another issue that has been found with some supplements is people actually “over-dosing” on certain vitamins and minerals. While vitamins and minerals are a “good thing,” there is a point where we can actually take too many which can create a toxic nightmare in our internal systems.

Picking up where we left off, I am going to share several vitamins that we need for proper body and mind function. I will tell a bit about these vitamins; where they come from, and what they do for our bodies.

The vitamins I have shared up to now are:

  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin C

  • and Vitamin D

If you missed that blog post, you can find it here.

Now, let’s look at some more vitamins.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a huge factor in our bodies keeping a strong immune system. It fights bad bacteria and viruses. Vitamin E is also an antioxidant. It protects our body’s cells from what are known as free radicals. Such things as air pollution from vehicles and cigarette smoke become free radicals when our system creates energy.

What foods give us Vitamin E?

There are many foods that provide Vitamin E, but they are also the foods that are neglected often. Adults and teens should get 15 milligrams of Vitamin E daily. The top 5 foods that provide this essential vitamin are:

  1. Dark greens such as spinach

  2. Nuts, with almonds having a high content

  3. Sunflower seeds

  4. Avocados

  5. Shellfish like shrimp

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is often overlooked for its tremendous benefits for our bodies. It plays a huge roll in the clotting of our blood which keeps us from bleeding to death. It also helps build strong bones, and has been proven as a prevention agent of heart disease.

Scientists have determined that nearly all human beings are somewhat deficient in Vitamin K. While they have enough to clot their blood, they don’t have enough for the other benefits. They also state that the best Vitamin K is the natural form. The synthetic forms of Vitamin K have been known to cause toxicity in infants, so there is also a good chance an adult could overdose on it.

In the previous post, I spoke about the benefits of Vitamin D. Vitamin K actually helps Vitamin D. You see, there are 2 forms of Vitamin K; Vitamin K1 is what we get from the foods we eat. Vitamin K2 is produced by bacteria in our bodies. While early studies assumed the K2 just left our bodies soon after being made, it has now been found that K2 aids the absorption of Vitamin D. The K2 actually sends calcium to where it is needed most in our bodies.

Fermented cheeses are a great way to get Vitamin K2.

What foods give us Vitamin K?

As I said, the synthetic versions of Vitamin K are not recommended. It is important that we eat foods high in natural Vitamin K. The 5 foods highest in this vitamin are:

  1. Herbs. Basil, Sage, Thyme and Parsley are all high in Vitamin K.

  2. Green leaf vegetables such as Kale.

  3. Salad vegetables. Items such as scallions, cress, lettuce and others have high contents of Vitamin K. Have you eaten a salad today?

  4. Brassica vegetables such as Brussel sprouts and cabbage.

  5. Hot spices like chili powder.

B Vitamins

There are a plethora of B Vitamins. We will look at 1 here, and in the next post, I will delve deeper into the various B vitamins.

Vitamin B1 – Thiamine

Thiamine is essential for humans. It helps turn the food we ingest into energy. If we had no Thiamine, all of our body’s tissues would die, including the brain. It has been shown that many people who suffer from mental problems are deficient of Vitamin B1. It is linked to alcoholism, Crohn’s Disease and anorexia.

What foods give us Thiamine?

Many foods provide us with Vitamin B1. These are the top 5:

  1. Fish such as trout, salmon and tuna.

  2. Lean pork.

  3. Seeds such as sunflower and sesame.

  4. Nuts of all kinds.

  5. Wheat bread, along with rye and other breads

In all actuality, almost every food has a small portion of Thiamine. But, we need to be watchful that we keep enough in our bodies.

Alcohol is known to take Thiamine from our bodies, so if you drink, please do so moderately.

Final Thoughts

This is the 2nd installment in this series. In the next one, I will go further into the B Vitamins.

I suggest you print these posts and keep them near so you remind yourself to eat the foods you need to get the vitamins your body requires. If we learn to eat properly, we will get all the vitamins, minerals and other essentials our bodies require.

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