A friend recently noted very somberly “It’s an epidemic dude, vitamins D and B12 deficiency.”
The blood tests show this. I should be conscious about including more in my diet. I’ll say it but I won’t actually do it. I’ll pop this multi-vitamin every day. Okay, maybe when I’m older or when something goes wrong. It’s never too late. Wrong!
Even if you have the greatest diet, you’re getting the healthy fats, sufficient protein, cutting back on processed sugars/carbs and industrial oils, there’s a good chance you’re not getting enough of essential nutrients to optimize your life.
Vitamin D deficiency is very common. The major components, D2 and D3, come from exposure to sunlight but there’s more than being out in the sun to fulfill this requirement. Even if you are out in the sun enough, your body may not be efficient at converting it and a DNA test can check this. Because the vitamin promotes calcium absorption, bone pain and muscle weakness are subtle signs that you are deficient. But even with no symptoms, too little vitamin D can pose much bigger health risks in the future. It is associated with cardiovascular and cognitive problems, diabetes, cancer, and auto-immune disease.
Vitamin D2 is found in plant-based foods and mushrooms. Whereas D3 can be found in fatty animal-sourced foods, egg yolk and fish oils. For vegetarians, start looking at supplementation. Trust in science. In can fill the gaps in your nutritional requirements today, so that you don’t suffer tomorrow.
The same goes for vitamin B12. All the other vitamins in the B family are readily available from most foods, but vegetarians, vegans and the elderly beware. B12 is naturally found in animal products but not in plant foods. Some breakfast cereals and snacks may be fortified with it but how often do we consume them? The best way to get this one is also through a supplement.
Don’t start popping these because I say so, visit a doctor and get a blood test done to make sure if you are lacking in these, then act accordingly. I suggest getting an annual check-up to make sure everything is in order. As we age many of these deficiencies go undetected under the radar and it’s good to know that you’re on top of your health for years to come!
Happy New Year!