We are all in a constant state of flux. So many of us, as we age, our health is declining. How we age, how we live our lives and how we care for ourselves will play a major role in how we live our lives for the rest of our lives. But even if our health is declining, our bodies are resilient and can bounce back just as well as they once did.
So how do we maintain health? We all know that eating a balanced diet is one of the best ways to maintain good health. But there are many other factors that can play a role in maintaining healthy body functions and maintaining good health. So let’s explore five factors that can help us maintain good health, regardless of our current state of health.
1. Vitamin D: I’m going to say that this is the number one reason for good health. Vitamin D is a highly-researched vitamin that our bodies make for its primary function: the production of hormones. The vitamin is essential to the development and maintenance of bones and teeth, but also helps with the immune system and skin. Vitamin D deficiency could lead to issues in the nervous system, heart, and other organ systems.
Vitamin D deficiency is a common condition and can be diagnosed by a blood test. People who experience low levels of vitamin D are more prone to bone-thinning diseases, diabetes, and a host of other conditions. In a population of people who are deficient in vitamin D, the likelihood of developing cancer increases.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient that plays an important role in our immune system. Studies have shown a connection between low vitamin D levels and an increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, and depression. People with low levels of vitamin D have more stress-related illness, and those with low levels of vitamin D have a greater chance of developing serious health problems.
A team at Stanford University has found that a significant percentage of the world’s elderly population are deficient in vitamin D. That’s because the elderly have lower levels of the hormone that regulates the body’s vitamin D production, called the 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D. People older than 65 have a 30 percent lower chance of vitamin D synthesis and a 50 percent chance of getting enough vitamin D through diet.
In the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of vitamin D deficient elderly people in the US. And most in the elderly population are not at risk of life-threatening illness. But they could get it from diet, and not getting enough vitamin D could be a killer.
The reason we’re still living at the time of this video is because we’re seeing the decline in vitamin D in the US. The decline is expected to continue, but the increase in the 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D is so high that the average American’s body is already at risk for severe vitamin D deficiency. This is why we’re calling Vitamin D a “death” vitamin.
The most common vitamin D deficiency in the US is 25-hydroxyvitamin D. As an example of the dangers of vitamin D, a study found that the average American was currently deficient in 25-hydroxyvitamin D. This means that Americans should be taking 25-hydroxyvitamin D on a regular basis, as they are already at risk for chronic vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to a whole host of health conditions including bone cancer, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, and other debilitating conditions. With the current population numbers in the US at a whopping 17.4 million, there is a very real possibility that we will soon be one of the highest vitamin D deficient countries in the world.