Do you suffer from depression, anxiety, or a chronic illness? The odds are that you suffer from at least one of two extremely widespread nutritional deficiencies, and possibly both. They are so common that even doctors who typically prescribe whatever medications Big Pharma is currently pushing are fessing up that correcting these deficiencies can help their patients avoid having to treat many of their conditions with medications at all.
So, what are the big two? The first we are going to cover is Vitamin D. Learn how to determine if you are deficient in it, what roles it plays in your body, and how to correct your deficiency naturally.
How Do You Know if You Have a Vitamin D Deficiency?
While there are small amounts of vitamin D in some foods, the main way your body gets this essential nutrient is by creating it when your skin is exposed to the sun – without sunscreen. While there are blood tests your doctor can perform to check your blood levels of vitamin D, there is an easier way to determine if you suffer a deficiency. Ask yourself the following question: Is a large portion of your body exposed to bright sunlight every day for at least 20 minutes while you wear no sunscreen? If not, then you are likely deficient in vitamin D.
Why is Vitamin D So Important for Good Health?
Until recent years, vitamin D was only believed to be important for helping your body absorb calcium to keep your bones healthy. Now, it is known to play a role in virtually ever important system in your body, and many scientists now believe it is technically a hormone. There have been vitamin D receptors found in every tissue and organ of the entire human body!
So, the question about what role vitamin D plays in your body would be better asked as what doesn’t it play a role in? With it affecting every tissue of your body, it supports, cardiovascular health, skin health, muscle health, and brain health.
Can Vitamin D Cure Your Depression?
While the exact role vitamin D plays in organs other than bones are still being researched, in-depth research has already determined that most (not just some, most!) people experiencing depression are vitamin D deficient. And possibly more importantly, most people with depression who get their blood levels of this vitamin up to a healthy level feel much better, if not completely cured of their depression.
How to Fix a Vitamin D Deficiency Naturally
There are a few foods that contain vitamin D, but the easiest way for your body to generate large amounts of this vitamin/hormone is through sun exposure. If you wear sunscreen every time you are out in the sun, the beware that this well-intentioned habit is likely one of the causes of your deficiency. You don’t have to bake in the sun for long hours (and shouldn’t!) to help your body generate vitamin D, but just 20 to 30 minutes outside without it can do wonders for your mental well-being.
Won’t lose the sunscreen at least a few minutes each day or live in an area where sun virtually doesn’t exist in the winter? Dietary sources of this vitamin include mushrooms salmon, sardines, shrimp, and egg yolks. Vegan? Include plenty of mushrooms in your diet year-round, but you may have no choice but to take a daily vitamin D supplement in the winter to get enough for great health.
Now that you know the importance of vitamin D, read part two that will follow on another important nutrient most people are deficient in and how it affects your body…