Vitamin D & YOU

Vitamin D & YOU


Do you have fatigue, aches and pains, or a poor mood? If so, you are most likely low on Vitamin D!


What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that works more like a steroid in the body.  Your body produces Vitamin D naturally when your skin is exposed to the sun. You can also get Vitamin D through certain foods (such as fatty wild fish) or a supplement.


Why causes Vitamin D to be low?

  • Overuse of sunscreen
  • Living in a Northern climate (especially in the winter months)
  • Not eating enough Vitamin D rich foods (such as fatty wild fish)
  • Having dark colored skin
  • Being overweight
  • Aging


Why do I need Vitamin D?

  • To support your immune system
  • Keep your mood positive
  • Improve fatigue
  • Improve aches and pains


Complications of Vitamin D Deficiency:

Vitamin D deficiency is linked to increased risk of developing cancer, elevated BP, heart disease, diabetes, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic muscle pain, bone loss and autoimmune disorders.


How do I know what my Vitamin D level is?

Your Vitamin D level can be checked with a simple blood test.  We encourage getting tested at least twice a year.  The optimal range for Vitamin D is 40-70 ng./ml.


How much Vitamin D do I take?

As a general rule of thumb, 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily will keep most people at optimal levels. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and while it is rare to get to toxic levels of Vitamin D we always recommend getting your level checked before starting a supplement - some patients will require a higher dose.  Keep in mind when you are deficient in Vitamin D it can take 6-10 months to get to optimal levels.

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Written by Lori Fox, RN

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