Vitamin D deficiency is common in Australia. In fact, nearly one third of Australians don’t get enough(1)! But low levels of vitamin D can contribute to a host of serious health conditions – find out how not getting enough of the sunshine vitamin may be affecting you …
What is it?
Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is actually a hormone, not a vitamin. It’s important for strong bones and muscles, reduces your risk for certain cancers, improves your mood, boosts your immune system and is central to your general health and wellbeing.
How can you get more of it?
The best way to boost your vitamin D is through exposure to sunlight. When your skin is exposed to the sun, your body produces vitamin D, which is sent to your liver and turned into what’s known as 25(OH)D, the chemical that your doctor uses to measure your vitamin D level. From here, it travels to the kidneys where it’s converted to its active form in the body.
People who naturally have very dark skin or get minimal sunlight exposure (particularly during the winter months) are more at risk of developing a vitamin D deficiency. Aim for 10 minutes of sensible sunlight exposure every day in the early morning and/or late afternoon. Where possible, avoid the sun between 10am to 2pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
You can also get vitamin D from some foods. Good sources include fortified margarine, oily fish, milk or yoghurt, egg yolks and cheese.
Vitamin D supplements are best taken with food and can be great for everyone, especially those who are deficient.
Vitamin D is measured in international units (IU) and most health practitioners recommend 1000 IU daily. However, the best way to determine how much vitamin D you need is by getting a blood test, which can be organised through your local doctor or naturopath.
Vitamin D levels tend to increase slowly in the body. So generally (at least in the short term), the more deficient you are, the higher your dose will need to be. Follow up tests are usually recommended four months after your initial test to see if your dose needs adjusting.
3 allergy-related conditions associated with low Vitamin D
The link between vitamin D and bone health was made many years ago. But did you know there are a number of allergy-related conditions, which are also associated with low vitamin D levels?
Do you suffer from eczema, asthma, hay fever or migraine symptoms? Discover our natural allergy treatment!
At Health & Wellness Australia & Auckland (HWA), we use a technique called muscle testing (or kinesiology) to help identify people’s sensitivities to different foods and environmental substances. Following testing, you can work with your practitioner to address these sensitivities using a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT).
PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which:
Some cases can be complex, so our naturopaths may also recommend supplements (like Vitamin D!) and herbs, and provide lifestyle advice, to help you achieve the best long-term results.
Want to know if PAT is right for you? Get in touch!
Send our practitioners a question using our Ask a practitioner service, and you’ll get a call-back or reply straight to your email inbox.
This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure allergies. It is intended to decrease your reactions and help you manage allergy-related symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.
1 Deakin University. Vitamin D deficiency strikes one third of Australians. http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/story?story_id=2012/01/16/vitamin-d-deficiency-strikes-one-third-of-australians
2 Vitamin D Council. Asthma. https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/health-conditions/asthma/
3 Science Daily. Vitamin D provides relief for those with chronic hives, study shows. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140217084804.html