Avoid Vitamin D Deficiency in Winter Months
Oct 31, 2019 10:23AM
● By Shannon McKenzie
According to the National Institute of Health, a vitamin D deficiency can lead to a loss in bone density, contributing to osteoporosis, fractures and other complications. The best way to keep vitamin D levels healthy in the winter months is to get outside. According to the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, “Sun exposure levels prevent winter vitamin D deficiency in 95 percent of healthy white adults and 83 percent of adolescents.” And while we now understand that there are problems with the typical vitamin D test correctly identifying deficiencies in African Americans, we do know that a number are deficient, although to a lesser extent than previously thought. The point is healthy vitamin D levels support a healthy immune system and can prevent diseases like cancer and heart disease, so all can benefit.
Charlotte winter weather doesn’t always stay below freezing, so take advantage of temperature spikes and get outside. Go for a walk during lunch breaks and enjoy the midday sun.
Another option is light therapy. Research has shown that UV light therapy supports vitamin D serum concentrations during winter.
Third, healthy foods are a primary source for the vitamins we need. The National Institute of Health recommends cod liver oil, salmon, canned tuna, liver from beef and eggs as containing vitamin D, so add them to the grocery list.
Dr. Michael Smith, N.D., is the owner of the Carolinas Natural Health Center. For more information, call 704-708-4404 or visit CarolinasNaturalHealth.com.