We are all told to avoid the sun like the plague and to wear sunscreen and cover up when there is any hint of sunlight. Whilst this is mostly a good thing, it comes at the cost of one of the most vital nutrients for our body, vitamin D. It is now one of the most commonly deficient nutrients and it is becoming even more common.
What does Vitamin D do?
The range of functions that are reliant on vitamin D is far reaching. Healthy vitamin D levels are attributed to:
Vitamin D is a very systemic nutrient, it has far reaching effects and is implicated in a huge range of disorders. It is a fat soluble vitamin meaning that it builds up in the body over time so it needs to be taken regularly if you are deficient in order to build your levels up.
How do I know if I am deficient?
The only foolproof way to know if you are really deficient in vitamin D is to get a blood test through your doctor checking your levels. Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include many of those similar to other chronic diseases. If you feel generally unwell it is worth checking with our doctor if you are deficient in vitamin D.
People with a high risk of vitamin D Deficient are:
Much of the population are at risk of vitamin D deficiency so it is worth asking your doctor next time you visit.
Getting Vitamin D from the sun
Vitamin D can be obtained from the sun but it takes a bit more effort than many sources claim. Often these recommendations are in order to prevent deficiency symptoms rather than supporting optimal health levels. To get vitamin D from sun exposure
Vitamin D in the diet
It is true that vitamin D can be obtained through the diet, but most dietary sources of vitamin D have very small amounts. The levels found in food are unlikely to be of much use and will definitely not give you optimal levels but they can be a source in addition to sunlight or supplements. The foods highest in vitamin D are fish, eggs, mushrooms and products that have had vitamin D added to them such as fortified dairy and cereals.
Supplementing vitamin D
If you cannot get sunlight or choose not to, the only other option is to buy vitamin D supplements. I have written about supplements before and generally I do not recommend them unless necessary. If you have low vitamin D levels then I would consider raising to be necessary for all the health aspects mentioned above.
If you are getting a vitamin D supplement:
Vitamin D is an incredibly important part of having a healthy body. The effects are far ranging and being deficient in vitamin D puts you at risk for a huge range of health problems. Start getting your vitamin D today
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