As summer comes to an end and fall turns into the long winter, the cold weather blues are fast approaching. Colder weather means less time enjoying the beautiful outdoors, which leads to a lack of sun exposure and vitamin D deficiency. Since today (November 2nd) is National Vitamin D Day, we want to make sure you know just what it can do for you!
Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin” and credited to being essential to bone health, as well as supporting cardiovascular function, immune function, and promoting overall mood. A lack of this vitamin can lead to weak and thinning bones, and believed to be linked to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
There are some foods that naturally contain vitamin D but they are only small amounts. These foods include salmon, canned tuna, certain types of mushrooms, fortified milk, beef liver, and egg yolks. It is hard to receive the adequate amount of vitamin D needed from food alone. Therefore, it is recommended to get enough vitamin D by exposing bare skin to sunlight for the UVB rays (about 20 minutes with 40% of skin surface exposed daily), or by taking vitamin D supplements.
How do you know if you may be vitamin D deficient? Many experts agree there is a widespread vitamin D deficiency, however, most people do not show signs of being deficient. Some symptoms that may be present include fatigue and general body aches. In our clinic we offer a test that measures the level of 25-OH, and have found that about 70% of our patients are deficient. We offer a cost effective, liquid form of vitamin D that is tasteless, odorless, and absorbs more easily. Come in or schedule your appointment today.