Well known for its health benefits, in particular in relation to muscular/skeletal health and to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) there has been much coverage in the media in recent years about the growing deficiency in Vitamin D seen in an increasing proportion of the population. Many believe that deficient have arisen due to our concerns about skin cancer leading to more use of sunscreen and less time spent outdoors by younger generations who prefer to play on game consoles, tablets and phones, and that as a result of this, muscular/ skeletal related conditions are also on the rise. But is this really the case?
Clearly access to the sun, in whatever form, has a key role to play in topping up our Vitamin D levels but in reality research is beginning to demonstrate that we only need between 20 – 30 minutes of natural daylight a day in order to maintain healthy Vitamin D levels. Whilst Winter months and longer working hours for many mean that even accessing that much daylight can be a challenge, Summer, whatever the weather offers more than enough opportunities to combat deficiencies. So could there be something else affecting our levels?
As in all cases, health and any issues relating to it, is never just down to one thing.
The body is too complex for this. Vitamin D issues are the same so just as a lack of Vitamin D can lead to health issues so can dysfunction in the body lead to a lack of Vitamin D. And where is this dysfunction coming from?
Simply the usual suspects – toxicity, stress, poor diets and environmental disturbances which disrupt the homeostatic balance in the body creating a toxic, acidic environment which allow bacteria, viruses and parasites to take up residence. So vitamin D deficiency like any other condition and symptom, a reflection of things going wrong in the body leading to a disrupted homeostatic balance, a disruption that is stopping the body being as effective as it could be with its repair and regulatory mechanisms.
So what to do?
- Certainly enjoy the sunshine when you see it – and do be sensible with the sunscreen but as noted above half an hour outside in the daylight will do you just as much good.
- Remember a good healthy diet as not only will this help maintain the all-important homeostatic balance but also provide an additional source of Vitamin D if you include Fish liver oils, eggs, tuna, salmon and sardines.
- And of course applying bioregulatory principles to your health – stay well hydrated, reduce stress and your exposure to environment toxins and EMFs, and ensure you receive a balanced supply of the right vitamins and minerals.