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Can Vitamin D Help prevent Tuberculosis?

Approximately one quarter of the world’s population has been infected with tuberculosis (TB) bacteria. Nine million people become ill with TB each year and more than a million and a half of those will die from it. Some symptoms of tuberculosis are:

  • A long-lasting severe cough
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coughing up blood

While it is known that people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to contracting tuberculosis, new studies have shown that low Vitamin D levels are associated with latent tuberculosis (when a person carries tuberculosis but has no symptoms). 

Latent tuberculosis is often a precursor to active tuberculosis, so preventing the contraction of the latent form is the best measure to stay healthy. In a 2019 study of more than 6,000 people, the participants with Vitamin D levels of less than 12 ng/ml were twice as likely to have latent tuberculosis. In the same study, participants with a Vitamin D level of more than 30 ng/ml had the lowest probability of having latent tuberculosis.

If you’re interested in checking your Vitamin D levels, you can purchase a home testing kit here.

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Want Healthier Bones? Increase your Vitamin D!

Want Healthier Bones? Increase your Vitamin D!

Our bones are our body’s protector. They provide structure and shield our organs from harm.  Our bones are also where we store our calcium. When they detect our body needs calcium they release it into our bloodstream.  The amounts of calcium and vitamin D you intake into your body directly affect how much calcium your bones will store.

It makes sense that a recent study showed how significant Vitamin D is in maintaining good bone health.

This 2019 study consisted of 1,348 Australian women aged 70 to 85 (a population more prone to osteoporosis and bone fractures). The results showed that bone mineral density (a measure of bone quality) was higher with increased Vitamin D levels.  In addition to this, as the participants’ Vitamin D levels increased, their risk of fracture related hospitalization decreased.

If you don’t know your Vitamin D levels and you’re worried about your bone health, you can purchase a testing kit here.

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Vitamin D and Your Allergies

"Vitamin D And Your Allergies"

 

If you feel like you always have a runny nose and watery eyes, you might be suffering from allergic rhinitis (also known as hay fever).  Hay fever is caused by dust mites, pollen, or pet dander allergens and can be triggered both indoors and outdoors. Hay fever affects between 10% and 30% of the worldwide population.

Since hay fever is so widespread, shouldn’t there be a way to prevent it?

A recent study shows that there is!

German researchers studied 80 adults with both hay fever and Vitamin D deficiencies. The researchers blindly administered 40 adults with allergy medication, and the other 40 adults with allergy medication and Vitamin D. The adults who received just the allergy medication showed an 8% reduction in allergy symptoms after 8 weekly treatments. The adults who received the medication in addition to the Vitamin D showed an astounding 29% reduction in allergy symptoms.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, raising your Vitamin D levels through supplements or our Vitamin D Sunlamp can be an effective preventative measure for the symptoms of hay fever.

If you’d like to test your Vitamin D levels, you can purchase a testing kit here.

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Can Higher Vitamin D Levels Better Your Mental Health?

Vitamin D is proven to help you build strong bones, but can it help you build a strong mind?

Studies say yes!

43.8 million American adults experience mental illness in a given year, and chances are you or a loved one are a part of that group.

A 2017 study measured the emotional health, self-perceived mental health, self-perceived general health, and self-perceived stress of more than 7,500 Canadians. The end result of the study was a positive association between good mental health and high Vitamin D levels.

If you’re ever wondering why we’re so passionate about Vitamin D, this is why!

If you’re wondering what your Vitamin D levels are but want to avoid a trip to the doctor, you can purchase a Vitamin D test here!

If you want to raise or maintain your Vitamin D levels, our Sperti Vitamin D Lamp can help the natural way!

 

Four charts portraying the positive association between high Vitamin D levels and good mental health
This chart was created by Grassroots Health to visualize the positive association of high Vitamin D levels and good mental health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vitamin D’s Effect on Teeth

While Vitamin D is important for your body’s overall health, you may not know that it can have an impact on your teeth as well. One of the most important things that Vitamin D does is help your body absorb calcium. Without calcium, we can develop weak or brittle bones which can eventually lead to more dangerous health problems. Since teeth are composed with calcium, they could also become weak and decay without Vitamin D.

Keeping your Vitamin D levels high is the key to a bright and healthy smile. Not only is it crucial for adults but children as well. Someone may believe that since a child will eventually lose their baby teeth, it is not as important to keep them strong but that is not the case. When a child develops weak or damaged teeth, they can gradually get shift and cause damage to the gums and nerves. If a child does not take care of their teeth, it can lead to permanent damage to their mouth as an adult.

While it may seem silly, Vitamin D is actually crucial factor in maintaining a healthy body, smile and life.

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Vitamin D and Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a malfunction of the neurons in the brain which causes loss of memory and disorientation and unfortunately it eventually leads to death. It is actually the 6th leading cause of death in the US, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. While it is not completely preventable or curable, there are things we can do to help keep our minds healthy for as long as possible.

Work performed in the lab of Mathew Mizwicki, PhD (Assistant Researcher at UCLA) found that vitamin D in the circulatory system may have the power to heal parts of the brain. Based on their findings, vitamin D can help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and may even be able to prevent it all together. These discoveries are going to have a huge impact on the future of this disease.

Mathew Mizwicki, PhD did a Grassroots Health webinar where he explained the power of vitamin D and how it could have an impact on Alzheimer’s disease. View the full webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djvE9mhIjUI

 

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High Pressure vs. Low Pressure Tanning Units

When searching for a tanning unit (at home or professional use) it is important to find one that has a good balance of UVA and UVB – those are the low pressure units. High pressure units have much greater amounts of UVA and only small amounts of UVB. While UVA is what causes the skin to bronze, it can also be harmful if the dose is too high. Using a light that has high amounts of UVA does not mean that it will automatically cause damage to your skin/body, it is with continued use over long periods of time that it becomes dangerous. Tanning units need to have more UVA than UVB in order to actually cause the skin to tan, but those levels need to be closely monitored in order to not cause damage.

Examples:

Low Pressure Units have a good balance of UVA and UVB: 75% UVA and 25% UVB.

High Pressure Units have much higher amounts of UVA: 95% UVA and 5% UVB.

In order to keep your body healthy while tanning, make sure stick with low pressure tanning units.

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UVA vs. UVB

Many people assume that spending any amount of time in the sun is going to cause skin damage and/or cancer, while that is simply not the case. Depending on your climate, you may have to spend hours in the sun, every day for weeks, with no protection in order for any damage to be done. While it is possible for the sun to cause damage, it is extremely important to spend a few minutes in the sun every day in order to keep your body happy and healthy. The sun is used for both health and cosmetic purposes and each of those can be attributed to different types of ultraviolet rays.

UVA – These rays are what cause your skin to tan and become darker. This is also what can cause wrinkles or melanomas.

UVB – These are the rays that get absorbed through the skin to cause our body to process and absorb Vitamin D. They are also what causes redness of the skin and non-melanoma cancers.

While skin cancer is caused by being out in the sun, it takes vast amounts of unprotected exposure for this to happen. When using something like a Tanning Lamp or a Vitamin D Light Box, it is very important to wear your protective eyewear and stick to the given schedule – when doing this, you will be perfectly safe to use the unit without risk of damage.

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Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D is very important when it comes to keeping your body happy and healthy. When you have a deficiency, it simply means that your body is not receiving and/or absorbing enough Vitamin D to stay within the recommended levels. Vitamin D is essential for having strong bones because it helps your body absorb calcium more efficiently.

When you are low in Vitamin D, there are many different effects it can have on your body. These symptoms include: increased risk of cardiovascular disease, severe asthma, frail bones and even cancer. It is a common misconception that spending some time in the sun is going to give you skin cancer, but did you know that hiding from the sun can cause cancer too? Spending hours upon hours in the sun without anything to protect your skin is what puts you at risk, but being outside for about 10 minutes a day is not only okay, it’s healthy and necessary for your body’s health!

Vitamin D deficiency can be caused by many different factors, which include but are not limited to: not consuming enough Vitamin D rich foods, not exposing yourself to sunlight enough and your body not being able to absorb the vitamins at an adequate rate. Absorbing Vitamin D through the skin is the most efficient way to boost your levels because when you ingest vitamins, your body might not be able to process them effectively.

Ultimately, it is very important to get out and enjoy some time in the sun because it is crucial to living a long and healthy life.

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Who’s At Risk For Vitamin D Deficiency?

Anyone can develop a Vitamin D deficiency; it is actually very common. While it is very treatable, it is still something that you want to avoid.

Some people are more at risk for having a Vitamin D deficiency than others. People that are more at risk are:

  • The elderly and women – the older we get, the quicker we lose bone density. With weaker bones, we need more Vitamin D to help our bodies attain calcium. When we lose bone density, we are more at risk for serious injuries that can lead to death. Women are more effected than men due to an increased rate of bone density loss after menopause.
  • Dark skin tone – with a darker skin tone, your skin is more resistant to the sun. People with dark skin don’t usually get sunburns, which is great, but that also means that your skin is not absorbing UVB (which are the rays that give us Vitamin D) as well as someone with lighter skin.
  • Family history of deficiency – if your body doesn’t process and/or absorb Vitamin D well, it could be genetic. If someone in your family has dealt with Vitamin D deficiency in the past, you are more likely develop it too.
  • Kidney problems – the kidneys play a big role in processing activated Vitamin D for your body to absorb. If your organs are weakened, they might not be able to deliver the appropriate amounts of vitamins that your body needs.
  • Obese – when someone is overweight, fat cells start to extract Vitamin D from the blood which hinders it’s absorption into your body.
  • Staying indoors – the sun plays a very important role when it comes to keeping our bodies happy and healthy. Not only do we get Vitamin D from the sun, but it also helps create a chemical reaction in the brain which gives us energy and boosts our mood. Not going outside can cause depression along with many other health problems.