Since I have experienced low Vitamin D myself, I have done some research.
So I decided to share what I have learned with you!
Vitamin D – What It Is and Why You Need It
Your body can not survive without Vitamin D. Vitamin D promotes cell growth, immune function, and it reduces inflammation, and along with calcium, it is important for your bones.
Your immune system is directly affected by low Vitamin D.
Low Vitamin D equals low immune system.
That fact is extremely important to know concerning the virus we are dealing with right now.
Some signs of low Vitamin D are
- you get sick all the time, or have repeated infections
- poor wound healing
- bone pain
- muscle pain
- hair loss
Now obviously, those signs can come from numerous things.
So it’s important to go see your doctor about your symptoms.
Vitamin D is the only nutrient that your body can make when it is exposed to the sun. Pretty cool, huh?
It can take as little as 15-20 minutes a day of sun, exposing your arms, legs, abdomen, and back. You will need at least double that if you are exposing only your arms and legs. Which brings you to an amount of time that is next to impossible to achieve during the winter in the majority of the United States.
You may get enough vitamin D from your diet and the sun during the summer. In the winter, however, many people need to take a supplement.
Good sources of Vitamin D include:
- tuna, and other wild caught fish
- beef or calf liver
- egg yolks
- dairy products – milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
To name a few.
Doctors don’t always order a Vitamin D test when you are having lab work done. You may have to ask.
You can get too much Vitamin D. And too much can lead to health problems.
You can’t get too much by eating foods with Vitamin D and from the sun.
You can get too much from taking supplements.
That’s why it’s important to get your vitamin D level checked regularly.
I have experienced low vitamin D myself. I know how awful it can make you feel. If you are trying to eat right and take care of yourself, but still feel bad and have some or all of the symptoms listed above, check with your doctor!