With as much as we think we know, we still don't know.
Anytime we are exposed to something dangerous or frightening, a series of primitive and sophisticated reactions occur in your body.
Heart rate goes up. Breathing becomes rapid. Digestion comes to a halt and sometimes you even poop/pee yourself.
Fuel in the form of glucose is pumped throughout your body and all of this happens because you need to be ready to fight or flee from danger.
These chemical changes are what we refer to as the fight or flight response system. And for years we've been taught that it's controlled by the adrenal glands, cortisol, and adrenaline specifically.
But a new study out of Columbia University is suggesting that it has more to do with your bones than your adrenal glands.
The same way that our adrenals secrete "stress" hormones, our bones secrete a hormone known as osteocalcin, that turns on the fight/flight response.
What's interesting about osteocalcin, is that it also influences glucose metabolism and insulin, testosterone production, neurotransmitter production, nutrient uptake and adaptation to exercise.
If you think of our skeleton as the armor and protection for our body - it literally keeps us from danger - the hormonal functions of osteocalcin begin to make sense.
Osteocalcin is a badass hormone and it literally makes us Bad to the Bone!
Vitamin D deficiencies ☆ Vitamin D has many important roles in the body including helping with calcium absorption, cell growth and maintaining a healthy immune system to fight disease and illness.
Unlike other vitamins, vitamin D functions like a hormone, and every single cell in your body has a receptor for it. We need it.
Your body makes it from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to sunlight.Vitamin D is a hormone that controls calcium levels in the blood. It is needed for strong bones, muscles and overall immune health.
It's also found in certain foods such as fatty fish and fortified dairy products, though it's very difficult to get enough from diet alone.
The recommended daily intake (RDI) is usually around 400–800 IU, but many experts say you should get even more than that.
Vitamin D deficiency is very common. It's estimated that about 1 billion people worldwide have low levels of the vitamin in their blood. .
Getting Sick or Infected Often
One of vitamin D's most important roles is keeping your immune system strong so you're able to fight off viruses and bacteria that cause illness especially in the gut.
It directly interacts with the cells that are responsible for fighting infection.
If you often become sick, especially with colds or the flu, low vitamin D levels may be a contributing factor. Feeling tired can have many causes, and vitamin D deficiency may be one of them. Sitting in an office for long periods of time over years and little exposure to sunlight can great contribute.
Unfortunately, it's often overlooked as a potential cause. Bone and Back Pain is often the Vit D deficiency.
A depressed mood may also be a sign of vitamin D deficiency. Eye problems, liver problems, kidney problems all could be directly related to the vitamin D deficiency. Regular sun exposure is the most natural way to get enough vitamin D. To maintain healthy blood levels, aim to get 10–30 minutes of midday sunlight, several times per week. If you feel you are deficient see a doctor or naturopath, it can be an easy fix, Make sure you get your vitamin D.
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We love how versatile it can be adding anything you like from our activated nuts, cacao nibs, buckinis to goji berries and dried fruits.⠀
In our pantry items we have a high grade Organic Cacao Powder and other bits and pieces to get you started 😋