Why we need more vitamin D! and not just from the sun.

Did you know 1 in 4 Australians are vitamin D deficient and those in southern eastern states – Tasmania and Victoria 1 in 2 are deficient in vitamin D!

(Source: Australian health survey. Biomedical results for nutrients 2011-2012).

Vitamin D food sources are:

Sardines Herring Eggs
Salmon Cod liver oil Fortified milk
Tuna Mushrooms Fortified cereal

 

Why is vitamin D essential to the body?

  • Mineralisation of bones.

o   Raises blood calcium and phosphorus by increasing absorption from the digestive tract,

o   Withdrawing calcium from bones,

o   Stimulating retention by the kidneys.

Deficiency in this critical vitamin is becoming more common as we cover up from the sun, stay indoors longer, children have reduced outside play, adults exercise indoors and tobacco smoking are all key factors.

Children with deficiency in vitamin D results in

  • misshapen bones (bowed legs),
  • enlargement of ends of long bones (knees and wrists),
  • deformities in ribs,
  • delayed closing of fontanelle resulting in rapid enlargement of head,
  • lax muscles, weakened and spasming muscles.

With infants now showing signs of vitamin D deficiency as per the attached article please ensure if you are trying to conceive, pregnant or lactating have your vitamin D blood levels checked.

Please read this link. Lack of vitamin D causing rickets in infants/children.

Deficiency can also be found in numerous chronic diseases in adults related to the brain such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, MS, FND, MND as the body uses vitamin D quicker than is ingested without supplementation.

Osteoporosis is a cause of calcium/vitamin D deficiency in adults due to loss of calcium within the bones. Bone structure becomes soft, flexible and brittle. Progressive weakness results in pain in the pelvis, lower back and legs.

There are three stages:

  • Osteomalacia is softening of the bones due to severe vitamin D deficiency;
  • Osteopenia where the bone is becoming soft due to calcium/vitamin D deficiency plus other health related problems such as thyroid, menopause, alcoholism, eating disorders and coeliac disease and then may turn into osteoporosis if not treated or caught in the early stages.
  • Osteoporosis as mentioned.

If you have any concerns please seek advice from your healthcare practitioner.

Janelle Tanzer.

 

Related Posts
Chilli, is it right for you?
            Chilli has a range of health benefits some of which are outlined below. Improves blood circulation Reducers abdominal cramping Is a pain reliever Increases metabolism to aid weight loss Helps to relieve congestion caused by ...
READ MORE
Fruit salad!!! A few years ago I was asked to speak at a local retirement village/elderly home.  As much as I shared with them, each and every person shared with me, it ...
READ MORE
Extra… Extra… Read All About It!
We now have our own little pocket in the Rockhampton CBD, situated on the newly renovated beautiful Southbank of the Fitzroy. Located on level 2, 212 Quay Street our office is ...
READ MORE
Do you loath breakfast?
Do you loath breakfast as much me? It is meant to be a nutritious start to the day, full of vitamins and minerals to keep the body going.  Some people can ...
READ MORE
I eat obstacles for breakfast – FND
Any neurologic condition can be concerning, confronting and complicated when a health problem arises that affects a loved one. Below is a brief booklet that may help you and your family ...
READ MORE
YOU can do it!
Struggling to lose weight, well let’s devise a plan together that is achievable and satisfying to your body’s needs. Did you know your body cells have memory receptors? When you feel the ...
READ MORE
Ruined or Repairable
Wrecked or Salvageable? Ruined or Repairable? Some would say these pieces of machinery would be ruined due to the rusty condition.  Others would say each one is repairable just in need of ...
READ MORE
Premenstrual Syndrome
Do you suffer from PMS? Do your hormones need a helping hand? These few tips just may save you from the emotional roller coaster next month! Heal your Gut Leaky gut or a compromised ...
READ MORE
Carambola is the fruit for winter
Have you ever tried a Carambola? This fruit is also called star fruit due to the shape in which it grows. This exotic fruit tree can grow up to 10 feet tall ...
READ MORE
Our facebook page as finally been launched ready to jump into offering fun filled workshops this year. See the link below, like the page and leave a message. https://www.facebook.com/steppingstonesoflife/ Stay turned to update your ...
READ MORE
Chilli, is it right for you?
Communication
Extra… Extra… Read All About It!
Do you loath breakfast?
I eat obstacles for breakfast – FND
Need Help? I’m here to Help!
Ruined or Repairable
Premenstrual Syndrome
Carambola is the fruit for winter
Workshops Designed For You