Vitamin D Levels Depleted by Exposure to Pesticides

Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for building and maintaining a strong immune system. Most people in this country have critically low levels (30 or below), even in sunny states. Could it be that chronic exposure to toxins in the environment is taking a toll on our health?

Next time you get a blood test, request your Vitamin D levels. Ideally, you should be in the 50-80 range, where Vitamin D becomes very protective against many imbalances.

According to a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, researchers discovered a link between chemical exposure and reduced serum vitamin D levels.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have been known to cause adverse health effects such as diabetes and obesity by interfering with hormones in the body. There is more evidence than ever before, as hundreds of studies have confirmed this over and over again.

We need to protect our environment.  Children, the elderly, and those in recovery from illness or injury are the most vulnerable to damage caused by exposure to pesticides and other toxins.

We are all exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals, so the connection between these chemicals and vitamin D levels has a significant impact on our health. Vitamin D plays a significant role in musculoskeletal, immune and cardiovascular health, as well as diabetes and cancer.

This new study investigated data from 4,667 adults between 2005 and 2010. EDC exposure was measured by a urine analysis. The researchers found that individuals who were exposed to larger amounts of phthalates had lower levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream than those who were exposed to smaller amounts of the EDCs. This association was more prevalent in women. It is possible that EDCs alter vitamin D through some of the same mechanisms that they use to impact other hormones in the body.

We live in an ever-increasing toxic environment. We are exposed to pesticides, herbicides, chemical solvents, xenobiotics, and industrial chemicals of all kinds through the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. These toxins accumulate in our body and contribute to the total toxic load that can cause a variety of health problems.

There are things we can do to protect our health in the midst of all this pollution.

Tip to Help Avoid EDCs:

  • Eat organic produce (join your local CSA).
  • Eat free-range, organic meats to reduce exposure from added hormones and pesticides.
  • Buy products available in glass containers rather than plastic or cans when possible.
  • Replace non-stick pans with glass, ceramic, or cast iron.
  • Drink filtered water.
  • Use a shower head with a filter.
  • Use household products that are free of phthalates, BPA, and fragrances.

There is also significant evidence demonstrating the importance of diet and nutritional supplementation in maintaining detoxification pathways…

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are virtually impossible to avoid. Thus, we need to do our best to limit our exposure, and make lifestyle and nutritional choices to properly detoxify these chemicals.

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