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Vitamin D and Health

  • Dec 13, 2012
  • Posted In Healthy Living

Chiropractors have traditionally valued the important role that supplements play in wellness.  In a perfect world, individuals eat a completely balanced diet and do not need anything beyond foods or liquids to get the nutrients they need.

Nonetheless, we do not live in a perfect world; therefore, numerous people take supplements to help keep their immune system strong.  Let’s look a little closer at one particular vitamin a sizable number of individuals seem to be deficient in: vitamin D.

The optimal source of vitamin D is the sun.  Ten to fifteen minutes of unprotected sun exposure per day, four to five times per week, may be sufficient to enjoy suitable vitamin D levels.  (Note: Do not stay out in the sun for more than fifteen minutes without first applying sunscreen).

Even so, proper sun contact is sometimes unrealistic, especially for people who live in colder climates.  Concurrently, it seems individuals today do not stay outdoors as frequently as their predecessors used to.  Actually, there are multiple reasons why certain people suffer from a vitamin D deficiency, and aging is among them.

What are some indications a person could be low?

  • Muscle pain or weakness
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Minimal energy
  • Increased susceptibility to colds or the flu
  • Hypertension
  • Feeling down (e.g., depression)
  • Bleeding gums
  • Headaches
  • Thinning bones

The above are only a few of the many negative effects a vitamin D deficiency can produce.  Regrettably, if the problem is not corrected, certain conditions, like osteoporosis and periodontal disease, become more likely.  Because of this, it is extremely important to have the right blood test taken to check vitamin D levels.  Naturally, if a person is low, he or she should get the appropriate supplements.  Vitamin D3 is typically the best form of vitamin D to take.

And what can healthy vitamin D levels bring?  Here some of the common benefits.

  • A stronger immune system.
  • More regulated blood pressure.
  • Enhanced calcium utilization.
  • Increased mental clarity
  • Improved mood patterns.
  • Reduced aches and pains.
  • Better sleep.
  • Easier ability to shed excess pounds.

Yes, vitamin D is undoubtedly essential to health.  Therefore, this is an extremely important topic to explore.

Chiropractic care has always considered nutrition to be a vital part of wellness. Regularly visit with your practitioner and commit to being your best!