It’s pretty common for people to become vitamin D deficient during the winter while hibernating under cloudy skies. But some people can never seem get enough vitamin D… even when they’re spending time out in the sun… and even if they’re taking a supplement.
So, if you’re taking in enough vitamin D but your levels are still low, there may be thief that’s stealing the vitamin D right out of your cells – and according to the latest science, is could be right there under your own roof.
Vitamin D deficiency poses a pretty serious health hazard, since it’s essential to maintaining good immune function – something you need all year long, especially during cold and flu season.
In the new meta-analysis, researchers from the Endocrine Society reviewed data from 1,300 existing studies – representing nearly five years of data from nearly 5,000 subjects – and found low vitamin D levels to be linked with exposure to certain toxic chemicals that are literally all around us.
That includes a class of chemicals called phthalates, as well as Bisphenol A (BPA). And ladies, the connection was strongest among the women in the study.
As you’ve read right here in eTips, BPAs are a type of chemical found in various plastics as well as canned food. It’s an endocrine disrupter, which means it messes up your hormones (primarily by mimicking oestrogen) – and, as a result, has been linked to developmental disorders, neurological problems, diabetes, obesity, and fertility problems.
Phthalates are also found in plastics, but they don’t quite have the name recognition as BPA, even though they should. They’re at least as dangerous… and their use is more widespread.
You can find phthalates in products that seem like they SHOULD be safe – like children’s toys, raincoats, and backpacks. They’re also in a lot of those “bargain” brands of soap, shampoos, deodorants, nail polish, perfumes… the list goes on and on.
You might be getting an extra dose of phthalates if you’re eating meat and dairy foods (probably from plastic packaging).
And even if you rid your house of all of these phthalate-containing products, you might still be exposed to the chemical, since it’s also used in building materials – especially flooring.
Unfortunately in today’s modern times, it’s hard to completely avoid these chemicals that are so toxic to our health. But any reduction in your exposure levels is worth the tiny bit of extra effort – and money – that you’ll spend ridding yourself of them as much as you can.
Go for glass instead of plastic bottles and food storage containers. Use pure essential oils to fragrance yourself (and your rooms). And switch to a naturally detoxifying diet like Paleo, which eliminates all canned food as well as many other sources of toxins in your food.
An integrative doctor can run some tests to measure your levels of toxins like this – and, if they’re very high, can work with you on a detoxification plan (which may include chelation therapy).Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Chemical exposure linked to lower vitamin D levels, sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160920130828.htm