As for its vitamin functions, vitamin D plays a significant role in:
Individuals suffering from a deficiency of vitamin D may experience:
Environmental causes may include:
Pollution increases your risk of vitamin D deficiency because it blocks UV radiation. Toxic agents that pollute air or water can produce their own ozone layer and prevent UV rays from penetrating through to the Earth. Thus, the effect of little to no UV rays in the atmosphere is equivalent to not getting enough direct sunlight. This can lead to a low vitamin D level.
On the other hand, people who live at high altitudes have the advantage of more UV exposure due to the thinner, colder atmosphere. Nevertheless, they have the disadvantage of not being able to stay in the sun too long for risk of sunburn. Therefore, even their vitamin D levels are likely not optimal.
So, no matter where you call home, it is essential to be aware of the season and the time of day when it comes to exposing yourself to sunlight. For instance, sunshine is abundant during the Spring/Summer when you want to be outside, yet it is less abundant during the Fall/Winter when you want to be inside. This means you should limit your time outdoors during Spring/Summer to avoid sunburn, but increase your time outdoors during Fall/Winter to boost your vitamin D production.
Fortunately, you can overcome these problems every season by sunbathing during times when UV rays are less intense. That is, before 12 noon and after 3 pm local time.
Having your vitamin D level tested (a simple blood test) is a good idea to avoid deficiency. You can also take the steps outlined below to maintain and boost your vitamin D level.
First, consider taking natural detoxifying supplements such as milk thistle, modified citrus pectin (MCP), which is derived from the peel and pulp of citrus fruits, and diindolylmethane (DIM), an enzyme found in broccoli, kale, and cauliflower.
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