3 allergy-related conditions associated with low Vitamin D!

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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.

Foods:

You can also get vitamin D from some foods. Good sources include fortified margarine, oily fish, milk or yoghurt, egg yolks and cheese.

Supplements:
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?

  1. Eczema and dermatitis Vitamin D has been found to reduce the symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis because of its ability to strengthen the skin barrier and reduce infections and inflammation. A popular treatment for these disorders is the controlled use of ultraviolet light, which encourages the production of vitamin D in the skin.
  2. Asthma and seasonal allergies The anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin D are thought to help with asthma (an inflammation of the airways) and other seasonal allergies, like hay fever (an allergic inflammation of the nasal passages) and hives. In fact, low vitamin D is associated with a 50 per cent increase in severe asthma attacks in children(2) and may also help reduce the incidence and/or symptoms of chronic hives by up to 30-40 per cent(3)!
  3. Migraines Research shows that mild deficiencies in vitamin D can spark migraines in some people. This is because vitamin D, as well as riboflavin and coenzyme Q10, help maintain the hypothalamus – the section of the brain, which controls autonomic function (a control system that regulates things like heart rate, digestion and urination), blood vessel relaxation and contraction.

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:

  • draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques
  • aims to re-train your body
  • may reduce your body’s reactions to various foods and environmental substances, which may be causing or exacerbating your symptoms.

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.

You can also request an appointment with one of our experienced PAT practitioners in one our clinic locationsNorth Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or Auckland – by:

  • using our Request an appointment service
  • calling our head office on 1300 853 023 (Aust) / 09 479 5997 (NZ), Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm (EST).

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

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