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Vitamin D: The Happy Vitamin!

Did you know that the majority of Canadians are either mildly or moderately deficient in Vitamin D?  Only a blood test can confirm this 100%, but the general supplementation guideline is 1,000 IU of vitamin D per 25 pounds of body weight per day. The blood test can determine exactly what supplementation is optimal for you. Ask your GP or ND!

Despite its name, vitamin D is not a regular vitamin. It’s actually a steroid hormone that you are designed to obtain primarily through sun exposure, not via your diet. Symptoms of deficiency can include bone pain, feeling ‘blue’, head sweats (especially in babies and children), fatigue, frequent colds and infections, as well as gut trouble such as IBS, Celiac disease, Crohn’s etc. Also, if you are over 50 years old, overweight and/or have darker skin, you are more susceptible to vit D deficiency.

Optimizing vitamin D levels can decrease your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, as well as some cancers.

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