I know. You GET it.
You already understand how vital vitamin D is.
When you don’t get enough of it your risks for all kinds of health problems can start to soar including broken bones, heart disease, obesity, dementia, diabetes, and even cancer.
And, of course, vitamin D is critical for maintaining a healthy immune system.
Heck, I’ve sung the praises of vitamin D here so often I’d even forgive you if you considered skipping this issue. But don’t.
Because there is one thing, you DON’T know about this vital vitamin. And not knowing it could mean that all your best efforts to maintain healthy D levels will fail miserably.
I’ll explain exactly why in just a moment.
Up to 52% of seniors are low in vitamin D
Running low on D is more common than most folks realize.
In fact, according to the experts, up to 52 percent of seniors are in need of a vitamin D boost.
Your body naturally produces the vitamin when UV rays from the sun hit your skin. But since we spend more time indoors as we get older, seniors are at an even higher risk for low D.
And during the winter months, we’re all especially vulnerable.
If you suspect your D levels are low, your doc can run a simple blood test to confirm it. Or you can find testing kits online.
The magnesium secret to healthy D levels
Taking a vitamin D3 supplement is a good solution. But if you’re not careful, you could also just end up with pricey pee as the vitamin passes right through your system unused.
And that’s because the chances are you’re not getting enough of ANOTHER necessary nutrient.
You may recall vitamin D is actually a hormone. And according to new research to metabolize D… or flip the hormone’s switch into the ON position… you need plenty of magnesium around.
The only trouble? Magnesium deficiency is even MORE common than D deficiency.
In fact, the MAJORITY of adults are deficient in both nutrients. And according to researchers, up to 79 percent of folks might not be getting enough magnesium.
And that, according to two new studies published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the American Journal of Therapeutics, could make maintaining health D levels nearly impossible.
Not to mention making your vitamin D supplement useless.
Raise your magnesium AND vitamin D levels
But don’t worry. The pricey pee problem is something you CAN fix.
You can start by targeting those magnesium levels. And by far the best way to raise your numbers is to start eating more magnesium-rich foods.
The best part? They’re DELICIOUS!
- leafy greens (such as kale, spinach, collards)
- nuts (such as almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts)
- legumes (such as lentils, chickpeas, beans, peas)
- wild-caught fatty fish (such as mackerel, salmon, halibut)
- dark chocolate
- seeds (such as chia, flax, pumpkin)
- whole grains (such as wheat and barley)
Next, top up your D levels.
When you can, go ahead and spend more time outside in the sun with your face, arms, and legs exposed.
But in the meantime eat more vitamin D rich foods. Good ones to try are wild-caught fatty fish such as mackerel and salmon, eggs, beef liver, cheese, and fortified foods.
For many folks, however, a supplement is a good idea too. Especially in the winter. Just make sure you pick vitamin D3 (not synthetic D2).
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