In Australia, you would think most people have sufficient Vitamin D.  That’s not the case.  The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that one in four Australian adults are vitamin D deficient. So what are the signs and symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency?

  • High blood pressure: people with inadequate Vitamin D have 80% greater chance of narrowing of the arteries.
  • Chronic pain: people suffering with chronic pain have low levels of Vitamin D.  Migraines and headaches are also linked.
  • Osteoporosis: people are more vulnerable to this bone condition because a deficiency in Vitamin D reduces calcium absorption.
  • Mental health and depression: people are more susceptible to cognitive decline and low moods.
  • Immunity: people are most susceptible to being sick with a Vitamin D deficiency.
  • Cancer: a higher chance of breast and colon cancer.  Vitamin D regulates some genes responsible for cancer cell growth and survival.

Vitamin D rich foods

As few food sources contain adequate amounts of vitamin D, it is almost impossible to achieve sufficient levels through dietary intake.  Sun exposure of the hands, face and arms for 15-30 minutes per day, 2-3 times a week is recommended.

Oily fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna and eggs are food sources of Vitamin D. Spring into action and get your vitamin D back to where it should be. Your body and good gut health deserve it.

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