Vitamin D Deficiency and the Health Benefits of LED Light TherapyBlog
Vitamin D deficiency is a common problem and we have the solutions. Learn whether you have low vitamin D, learn foods high in vitamin D and the benefits of LED light therapy.
Vitamin D Deficiency
Globally we are deficient in vitamin D, particularly in the Northern hemisphere. You can, however, get enough vitamin D with a few simple steps. First of all, we answer: why is vitamin D important.
What is Vitamin D?
It is an essential nutrient that we need it to regulate bone and muscle health. It regulates insulin and blood sugar production, regulates our immune response, and regulates calcium and phosphorus metabolism.
One of the key roles of vitamin D is to ‘troubleshoot’ the response of the immune system. Therefore, a lowered immune system may again cause further issues.
These include cognitive problems, depression and infertility can be symptomatic of low vitamin D deficiency. Furthermore, in the case of children, stunted growth and severe asthma have been linked to vitamin D deficiency.
Cognitive problems, depression and infertility can be symptomatic of low vitamin D. Furthermore, in the case of children, stunted growth and severe asthma have been linked to vitamin D deficiency.
Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency
Here’s some questions to ask yourself to see whether you lack vitamin D.
- Do you often have muscle aches and muscle weakness?
- Do you feel under the weather or depressed?
- Are your bones painful and prone to fracturing easily?
- Are you having frequent falls, especially if you elderly?
What Causes Vitamin D Deficiency
Certain life styles can cause vitamin D levels. Do any of these sound familiar?
- Rarely going out in the sun.
- Always wearing makeup and/or sunscreen on all exposed areas when outdoors.
- Do not take a multivitamin.
- Do not take a vitamin D supplement.
- Do not eat foods high in vitamin D (for example, oily fish, liver and egg yolks).
- Have dark skin and do not live near the equator.
- Are older than 60 and live in a high latitude or avoid the sun.
Vitamin D2 Deficiency
There are two types of vitamin D that your body needs. Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is found in fortified foods such as milk, juices and cereals. It can likewise be found in some plants and fungus.
If you are struggling to get enough Vitamin D through your diet then these are the best.
Vitamin D3 Deficiency
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the form that is synthesized by the skin. This happens when it’s exposed to the sun or ultraviolet light/UVB. The body can produce it so vitamin D3 is actually considered a hormone and not a vitamin.
Research has found that the most significant vitamin D deficiency factor worldwide is insufficient exposure to sunlight. This is the vitamin D3 deficiency.
The idea of ‘getting enough sunlight’ may seem straight forward but it is actually more complex. Primarily there is the fluctuating nature of UVB light which is required for skin synthesis of vitamin D3. The UVB is not always present with the same intensity just because there is visible sunlight.
The recent increase in the use of SPFs also plays a role. The UVB light is blocked in an inefficient way that results in our bodies not absorbing the enough vitamin D3.
Sources of Vitamin D
LED Light Therapy
Enter LED Light Therapy, a fantastic alternative to getting out in the sun. It uses a grow light that stimulates vitamin D3 production.
Bright white lights will put you at risk of harmful UV light exposure and cause skin damage. However, LED light therapy is playing an increasingly vital role in enhancing our health. Recent studies have shown that, LED causes the natural production of vitamin D3 in humans. This has direct health benefits with the added bonus of being an effective treatment for acne.
Light therapy which uses blue LED light is safer to use for the treatment of vitamin D deficiency. It produces vitamin D at a dimmer light intensity and at a lower wavelength in the spectrum, minimising the risks associated with UV exposure.
To combat vitamin D3 deficiency he recommends that you have LED light therapy for 20-30 minutes per day, three times per week. Not only does it have tremendous health benefits, you will instantly feel more energetic and sprightly afterwards!
For more information, contact The John Tsagaris Clinic, Chelsea, London Tel: +44 203 489 9779.