It is estimated that 95% of Americans are Vitamin D deficient. Elevating your Vitamin D level will boost your autoimmune system, which can decrease your susceptibly for colds, sore throats, flu, allergies, Breast & Colon Colon Cancer in women, and Prostate & Colon Cancer in men. In addition, this level can help lower an adults tendency to develop hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus and multiple Sclerosis. There is also evidence that low levels of vitamin D can increase weight gain tendencies.

Vitamin D

Figuring out the factors that are affecting your vitamin D can be complicated. Your body makes vitamin D when sunlight hits the skin and also from some foods and/or supplements. The process by which the body makes vitamin D is complex. It starts when the skin absorbs rays in the invisible ultra B (UVB) part of the light spectrum. The liver and kidneys also partake to make a form of vitamin that the body can use.

A number of factor influence a person’s vitamin D levels. Here are the most important ones:

  • Where you live: The further away from the equator you live, the less vitamin D—producing UVB light reaches the earth’s surface during the winter. For example, residents of Boston make little if any of the vitamin from November through February. Short days and clothing that covers legs and arms also limit UVB exposure.
  • Air Quality: Carbon particles in the air from the burning fossil fuels, wood, and other materials scatter and absorb UVB rays, diminishing vitamin D production. In contrast, ozone absorbs UVB radiation, so pollution-caused holes in the ozone layer could end up enhancing vitamin D levels.
  • Use of Sunscreen: Sunscreen prevents sunburn by blocking UVB light. Theoretically, that means sunscreen uses lower vitamin D levels. But as a practical matter, very few people put on enough sunscreen to black all UVB light, or they use sunscreen irregularly, so sunscreen’s effect on vitamin D might not be that important. An Australian study that’s often cited showed no difference in vitamin D between adults randomly assigned to use sunscreen one summer and those assigned a placebo cream.
  • Skin Color: Melanin is the substance in skin that makes it dark. It “competes” for UVB with the substance in the skin that kick starts the body’s vitamin D production. As a result, dark-skinned people tend to require more UVB exposure than light-skinned people to generate the same amount of Vitamin D.
  • Weight: Body fat sops up vitamin D meaning that it is being stored in the body for when intake is low or production is reduces, its been proposed that is provides a vitamin D rainy-day fund. On the other hand, studies have also shown that being obese is correlated with low vitamin D levels and that being overweight may affect the bioavailability of vitamin D.
  • Age: Compared with younger people, older people have lower levels of the substance in the skin that UVB light converts into the vitamin D precursor. Theres also experimental evidence that older people are less efficient vitamin D producers than younger people.

For more information on the benefits of vitamin D as well as advice on making sure you get the proper amount of vitamins and minerals in your diet, contact Fusion Med Spa at (817) 644-1758 or visit us at Fusion Med Spa to make an appointment.