How Do You Know If You Need Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is one of the most interesting vitamins we have in this world. It is essential for the human body to function properly but at the same time it is only found in salmon, mackerel, tuna, and foods that are “fortified” with it like dairy products or juices. So if vitamin D is not found regularly in the foods we eat, how do we acquire it? Vitamin D is synthesized through our skin upon exposure to the sun. It is recommended that we expose our face, hands, arms, and legs 3 times a week for 5-10 minutes with no sunscreen. Unfortunately this is not always possible due to where we live, and what time of year it is, so supplementation becomes important. Most doctors recommend 400-1000IU per day, the older you are, the more units you need. Your doctor can check vitamin D levels through a simple blood test. If your levels are exceptionally low you may notice some subtle symptoms such as, fatigue, muscle weakness, diminished cardio or aerobic ability, increased sensitivity to pain, irritability, or maybe you have high blood pressure. Have you been diagnosed with repeated stress fractures? This could be another sign you need to increase your vitamin D intake. You should always check with your doctor before taking any supplements, but especially if you suffer from atherosclerosis, kidney disease, sarcoidosis, or hyperthyroidism since vitamin D increases calcium levels. If you have any questions please call us at the Accident Recovery Center a west Charlotte Chiropractor (704) 399-1300.

Yours in Health,

Ryan Giel

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