Did you know that over 40% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D?
Sufficient Vitamin D levels are critical to our overall health and well-being!
Have you been feeling depressed, fatigued, achy, or under the weather? Read on, you might have low levels of Vitamin D!
What is Vitamin D?
It is an essential fat-soluble vitamin that has two main forms D2 and D3, D3 being the most beneficial.
It has many functions including but not limited to bone health, immune system support, brain health, muscle strength, mood regulation, and cell growth.
The most common side effects of Vitamin D deficiency are: bone loss, hair loss, muscle pain, depression, fatigue, and mood changes.
Where does it come from?
Not many foods have naturally occurring Vitamin D in them; however, you can get it from fortified milk and fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel.
There is a unique property of Vitamin D that uses direct sunlight to convert a chemical in the body to the active form of D, D3. In other words- step outside and enjoy the sun!
What are the benefits?
The benefits are astounding and include an elevated mood, more energy, greater muscular support, and protection against various illnesses by supporting the immune system.
Should I take it?
If you are wondering about your Vitamin D levels, your physician can do a routine blood draw. It is important to maintain optimal levels of Vitamin D.
In fact, reports are suggesting that over 80% of those hospitalized by the coronavirus had low levels of Vitamin D.
There are new recommendations regarding Vitamin D supplementation. Pediatricians are recommending 400 IU as a drop on the tongue for newborns to 1 year. If low levels are suspected or found via blood draw, 600 IU is recommended from age 1 until age 70. After age 70, 800 IU is recommended. * Keep in mind that some supplements contain far more than the recommended dose and can be harmful.
*Always consult a physician before starting or stopping supplementation. This article should not be used as medical advice and does not claim to diagnose or treat any medical conditions.