Most people know me as a women’s transformation coach, but I’m also a huge advocate for holistic health (nutrition!).
In fact, nutrition is key to how I help entire families stay healthy and happy — moms, dads, and kids included.
Today, I want to share an interesting study on two critical markers that you should check for yourself and those you care about.
Let’s start with the first marker, vitamin D.
Every cell in your body needs this key nutrient.
It helps you fight infections and viruses, and also balances your mood and keeps your bones strong. It’s so important that doctors are calling it the “master key to your immune system”.
Without it, people get sick easily, injure themselves more often due to loss in bone density, and children are at risk of developing rickets. It can also make you feel “bleh” with fatigue, brain-fog, and poor mood (in fact, people often think they’re aging when really they’re just low in vitamin D).
Normally, we get vitamin D from the sun. That’s why it’s called the “sunshine” vitamin.
Unfortunately though, almost everyone who lives in Canada and Northern America does not have access to the quality of sunlight required to synthesize vitamin D.
This partially has to do with the seasons. From October – March every year, your body can’t absorb enough vitamin D even if you run around all day in the sun. In fact, some doctors joke you could run outside, naked, for days at a time and still not synthesize one tiny bit.
To make matters worse, there’s a second critical marker of health that can amplify risk of vitamin D insufficiency.
When they occur together, these two markers can quickly make your health spiral out of control if you’re not careful.
This has to do with the amount of stored fat in your body.
Not only does fat store toxins, but studies show in an overweight population, obesity drastically reduces the ability to use vitamin D.
This is because vitamin D is fat soluble, meaning if you carry excess fat, it gets stored instead of going to work for your immune system.
That’s why health experts say obesity contributes to countless diseases. It hinders the nutrients in your body from working they way they’re supposed to.
For this reason, you will often hear that fat is pro-inflammatory.
That’s why diet is so important, and why I’ve been such an advocate for using nutrition to regulate inflammation — what you eat on a regular basis will configure and change your body, for better or worse.
The more inflammation in your body, the more your immune system becomes suppressed.
So here’s my advice — even though it may be hard, continue to do good for yourself by cutting out the sugar, processed foods, and simple carbohydrates.
I want you to pay special attention to these two markers of health for you and those around you.
If you are mindful of your vitamin D levels…
If you are mindful of your diet…
Not only will you LOOK and FEEL good…
You will have a strong immune system that protects you, you can lower inflammation, and you can prevent a host of the effects of “aging”.
Most importantly, you will be well on your way to enjoying a long, healthy life.