I’ve always known that vitamins were important, but I never really realized how much until I started having strange symptoms of things I’ve never experienced before. As a kid, we were always given our Flintstones vitamin before bed and I buy vitamins now but more to sit on the shelf than actually take. I have always been a healthy person, knock on wood…Never broke a bone or have been in the hospital for anything other than two C-sections with my daughters, so when all of a sudden I started feeling tired all the time, broke out in acne…I’m in my 40s!…Sheesh…and my hair was coming out in clumps, I finally decided to head to the doctor and find out what the heck was going on.
Fast forward to the doctor’s office. Everything sounds and looks normal in the examination room, but then I’m given a simple blood test to determine if I’m low in any vitamins and/or minerals. What? Doesn’t the body take care of itself in that regard? I eat relatively healthy with lots of vegetables. I eat yogurt and go out in the sun. The doctor must be missing something important because vitamins cannot be it.
A few days later, my blood work comes back. Guess what? I am extremely low in Vitamin D. Apparently the standard is 50 ng/ml and I’m at 7. Yikes! What does this mean? It means that the aching bones, tiredness, skin problems, depression and hair loss are caused by a lack of Vitamin D.
I was given pills to up my Vitamin D count and miraculously, after 6 months, everything went back to normal. I honestly didn’t think vitamins played such an important roll in overall healthcare.
Here are some signs that you may be Vitamin D deficient…
- Feeling “blue” or depressed
- Overweight or obese
- Over 50 – As we age, our bodies produce less Vitamin D
- Bones ache – Not getting enough calcium from Vitamin D
- Gut trouble – Having a gastrointestinal condition that affects your body to absorb fat, which Vitamin D is fat soluble.
- Head sweats – This is actually one of the first signs of a Vitamin D deficiency
There are foods you can eat loaded with Vitamin D. Add these into your diet for a boost.
- Whole milk
- Beef liver
- Swiss Cheese
- Canned salmon
- Pork tenderloin
- Always choose Vitamin D3
- Natural sunlight produces the most Vitamin D
- Get a salt lamp or sun lamp to help “see the light” on those dark winter days
- Make smoothies! A delicious milk smoothie with berries and yogurt is always a delicious way to get more Vitamin D