Vitamin D is a common deficiency no matter where you live. Even in Arizona where the sun shines 340 days a year, about 50% of people are deficient. There are many reasons why this may be the case but likely related to low amounts of the active vitamin in the “standard american diet” (SAD). Deficiency in Vitamin D is also associated with stress, obesity, insulin resistance and other modifiable risk factors. Modifiable means they can be fixed with diet and lifestyle changes!
Food marketers advertise foods that are”fortified” with Vitamin D. While this is true it, it is Vitamin D2 which is different than Vitamin D3 that we actually can use. The human body can convert D2 to D3 but many people do not do it efficiently enough to rely solely on Vitamin D2 to get the levels to an optimal value.
It may be hard to determine a Vitamin D deficiency without testing. Mild symptoms can range from fatigue, feeling down (depression), body aches or. Severe deficiency will lead to osteomalacia (Rickets) or osteoporosis. Risks of having low vitamin D are associated with having darker skin, people over 50, IBS/IBD (Crohn’s) and being overweight or obese.
Want to Avoid becoming D-ficient?
1. Get your vitamin D levels tested. This test is often covered by insurance. No insurance? You can get your vitamin D tested for $20 through Theranos.
2. The doctor will review your test to determine your levels and advise you on how much to take.
3. Based on the amount needed you may be able to get enough from food sources such as fish, eggs or mushrooms. Don’t like those foods? Then a supplement may be easier. Be careful about taking Vitamin D without working with a doctor. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin which means you can easily take too much and levels will become potentially dangerous.
4. Enjoy the renewed energy, mood boost and pain relief that comes with proper Vitamin D levels.
Click HERE See Dr. Lussier discuss Vitamin D on “The List”.