Wednesday 09 December, 2015 0 Comments

It’s common knowledge that we can synthesise vitamin D in our skin from the sun, but few people realise that you can only make it between 10am and 3pm in SUMMER! This is because the UVB only gets through the atmosphere when the sun is at it’s highest.

We can also get vitamin D in our diet, being a fat soluble vitamin it’s mostly found in animal fats, and because most of New Zealand has been on a low fat diet for the last 30 years, it’s easy to see why 84% of New Zealanders’ are deficient in this essential vitamin.
 

Why is vitamin D important?

Vitamin D controls the DNA of your cells, it helps control belly fat through the role of insulin, it plays a key role in the production of pancreatic enzymes and it controls the level of calcium in the blood and bone, just to name a few…In one study at Creighton University they found vitamin D when combined with calcium reduced cancer by 77%.

Through the BePure Clinic we’re seeing extremely low levels of vitamin D in a lot of clients, which is contributing to health concerns such as type 2 diabetes and blood sugar issues, as well as immune diseases and leaky gut problems.

To maintain optimal health I would like your blood vitamin D levels to be at least above the 80-90 nmol level (nanomoles per litre), if you are diabetic above 120 nmol, and if you have an autoimmune disease over 150 nmol.  

In my last blood test (which was in winter) my vitamin D blood levels were 123 nmol which is good, I don’t get much sun but I eat a diet rich in vitamin D and top up my levels by taking BePure ONE and BePure THREE daily.


What are your vitamin D levels?

If you haven’t had your vitamin D levels tested for a while I would highly recommend you get them tested. Most doctors in DHB areas are no longer funded to do this test as it’s a preventative test, so the best way is generally to go into a local lab like Southern Labs, Lab Tests, Med Lab or Aotea Lab where you can get a test done for around $40.


How do you increase your vitamin D levels?

Get some Summer sun
The best time to get outside and soak up the vitamin D is between 10am and 3pm. However your body can’t make vitamin D if you’re wearing sunscreen, so 20 minutes of sun exposure should be the maximum you aim for (depending on your skin type, less if you’re fairer), as it’s important not to burn your skin.

Eat these foods
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin so increasing your intake of food like:
Oily fish (salmon, tuna and trout)
Liver
Eggs
Mushrooms
Raw dairy (milk, cheese)
Use lard in your cooking


Nutritional Support
With a good quality vitamin D supplement, you want to make sure you are getting D3 as this is the most biologically active form of vitamin D. If you’re taking our Everyday Health Pack you’ll be getting a very good maintenance level. The recommended daily dosage of BePure ONE and BePure THREE provides 1600IU of vitamin D.  

 

If you have any questions about vitamin D please feel free to contact us at the BePure Clinic on 0800 873 787 or email – info@bepure.co.nz

 

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