By: Sylvia Anderson
Why is that?
One of the major factors that contributed to the downturn in the condition was that diets improved and people were getting the nutrients they needed, including the very essential nutrient, vitamin D.
Also known as the "sunshine vitamin," vitamin D is integral in helping your body absorb calcium and magnesium.
When one of those factors is missing, your body will start to draw that necessary calcium directly from your bones and cause your bones to become very weak. This, ultimately, can result in Rickets.
So, in our very advanced, very industrialized society, why is it that people are deficient in vitamin D?
According to author and fitness expert, Vinnie Tortorich, deficiency is a result of a number of things.
Number one, people (kids included) are staying inside more to watch TV and play with computers or other devices. Kids don't go outside to play nearly as much as 30 years ago.
Two, everyone is slathering on sunscreen. Of course, there are benefits to sun protection, including the prevention of skin cancer. But, to be so strict to the point that you become vitamin D deficient, that's not healthy either.
What dose should you be taking to maintain healthy vitamin D levels?
First and foremost, says Tortorich, if you're questioning your vitamin D levels, tet a blood test. This is truly the only way you will be able to determine if you're deficient. If your levels are low, typically, the doctor will put you on a regimen, starting with a very high dosage and then decreasing once your levels start to rise.
How much time do you need to spend in the sun to maintain healthy vitamin D levels?
It really depends on your skin tone.
Fair-skinned people might be OK with just 10 minutes. But, people with olive-toned skin might have to stay out double that. African Americans may have to get 10 times the exposure to get the appropriate amount.
The important thing to remember is that no one person is the same, and that to get an accurate assessment, a blood test is necessary.
In the accompanying audio segment, Vinnie Tortorich discusses the return of Rickets, vitamin D deficiency, and ways you can get your levels back up to normal.