I run out in the morning to take out the garbage and check on my flowers and guess what, it is my ten minute devotion to beauty and health that starts my day. That’s right, I’m absorbing my necessary intake of Vitamin D, a vitamin I am passionate about. Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin in a compound including D-1, D-2 and D-3 affects as many as 2,000 genes in the body!
Vitamin D Can Revolutionize Your Health and Transform Your Beauty!
Few foods contain vitamin D naturally. Because of this, some foods are fortified. This means that vitamin D has been added. Foods that contain vitamin D include salmon, sardines, egg yolk, shrimp, fortified milk, fortified cereal, fortified yogurt, fortified orange juice. Personally I have blood work every three months before my hormone therapy where they routinely check my Vitamin D levels as well as thyroid and hormone levels. I take 50,000 i.u. of Vitamin D weekly.
Symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency in women include fatigue, aches and pains, and a general sense of not feeling well. Severe bone or muscle pain or weakness may cause difficulty climbing stairs or getting up from the floor or a low chair, or cause someone to walk with a waddling gait. Deficiency can lead to stress fractures, especially in the legs, pelvis, and hips. Doctors can diagnose a vitamin D deficiency by performing a simple blood test. If you have a deficiency, your doctor may order X-rays to check the strength of your bones.
Why Is Vitamin D So Important For My Beauty and Health?
Vitamin D plays a number of important roles in your health and beauty: It helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorous. It works with calcium and phosphorous to promote strong bones and teeth. And it’s involved in cell growth, immunity, and reducing inflammation throughout the body.
In recent years, researchers have been investigating whether vitamin D might also help prevent or treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer.
Research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. In one study, scientists found that people with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed an improvement in their symptoms.
In another study of people with fibromyalgia, researchers found vitamin D deficiency was more common in those who were also experiencing anxiety and depression.
Another study linked calcium and Vitamin D supplements with the surprising discovery of losing weight as a natural appetite suppressant.
If your body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, you’re at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as soft bones (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (osteoporosis).
In addition to its primary benefits, research suggests that vitamin D may also play a role in reducing your risk of multiple sclerosis, decrease your chance of developing heart disease, and help to reduce your likelihood of developing the flu, according to 2010 research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
My Saggy Arms, What The Heck Happened?
Breaking News research from Botucatu Medical School at Sao Paulo State University in Brazil suggests that taking Vitamin D supplements can significantly increase muscle mass and muscle strength for at least 12 years after menopause. The double-blind, placebo-controlled trial over a nine-month period, results showed that women receiving the supplements exhibited a significant +25.3% increase in muscle strength at the end of the study, whereas those assigned to a placebo actually lost an average of 6.8% of muscle mass. Women not receiving Vitamin D supplements were also nearly two times as likely to fall. Conclusions were “that the supplementation of Vitamin D alone provided significant protection against the occurrence of sarcopenia, which is a degenerative loss of skeletal muscle.”
(First published 07/09/16)