Winter is Coming! (For all my GOT fans out there) – That typically means you are encouraged to get your flu shot and often times there’s a lot of illness passing around. One of our greatest deficiencies in the US as a whole is Vitamin D “the sunshine vitamin”. It is essential for your immune system. The BEST way to get some Vitamin D is directly from Mr. Sun himself (our skin creates vitamin D in response to sunlight-how cool is that?). However, particularly in the winter when we stay indoors more, we begin to grow deficient in this element resulting in illness, ailments, and other symptoms.
Vitamin D Deficiencies look like:
- Inability for the body to absorb calcium
- Inflammation in the body
- Unexplained Fatigue
- Muscle Weakness
- Bone Deficiencies
- Weight Gain
It’s important to always speak to a Medical Professional about your health and ask about your Vitamin D levels. You can get a blood test to examine the levels of Vitamin D in your system.
How is vitamin D deficiency treated?
According to an article by Healthline by Rachel Nail titled, “The Effects of Vitamin D Deficiency“:
Doctors often treat vitamin D deficiencies by prescribing or recommending vitamin D supplements. The amount you should take usually depends on how low your vitamin D levels are. For example, some people may reach their vitamin D intake by taking a multivitamin. These usually have between 400 and 800 IU of vitamin D with each serving. However, people who are very deficient in vitamin D may need higher levels of supplementation — about 1,000 IU per day. Ask your doctor how much vitamin D you need every day.
The ODS recommends the following dietary allowances for eating foods that contain vitamin D as well as taking supplements:
- ages 0 to 12 months: 400 IU
- ages 1 to 70 years (including pregnancy and lactating): 600 IU
- ages 70 and older: 800 IU
Few unfortified foods in a person’s diet are high in vitamin D. Foods that are naturally high in vitamin D include:
- fatty fish, such as mackerel, salmon, and tuna
- egg yolks
- fish liver oils
After growing up in Florida and now living in the DC area, my vitamin D levels were running extremely low. Also, if you breastfeed for a long time you also run the result of having low vitamin D. For these reasons, I make sure to take a supplement on the days I cannot get natural yummy sunshine.
The photos above are of the supplement I take. It is organic, gluten free and comes from Mushrooms which are one of the best ways of getting Vitamin D. I have tried others but this has been my favorite so far because it has minimal “bad stuff” in there. The only thing I am not a fan of is in the capsule casing- carageenan. I will be looking for other ones and if you have any recommendations let me know. I love how easy it is to order from Amazon prime and have them here in 2 days! Also, if you do the subscriptions you can get even more discounts.
This coming winter, I recommend talking to your doctor and adding a Vitamin D supplement to your daily routine.
Here’s to a healthy and happy you! xo