Doctor: Hey Essence, Got all your blood test results back, and you have a major Vitamin D deficiency. We need to get your levels up.
Me: Huh? Vitamin D deficiency?
Have you ever been to the doctor and have been told your Vitamin D deficiency is low? Well, don’t worry! You are most likely part of the billion people out here in the world that are lacking this nutrient deficiency.
I know that I am a homebody, but not to the point that I am not absorbing enough Vitamin D in my body! Lol. So let’s vibe about it!
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D, also known as the “Sunshine Vitamin” are fat-soluble secosteroid ( or type of steroid) that increases your body absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate. When your skin is exposed to the sun it absorbs the necessary nutrients to maintain healthy bones in your body.
What does it mean if I have a Vitamin D Deficiency?
Lack of Vitamin D can lead to various diseases as well as leading to having weak bones, bone pain, and muscle fatigue.
Underlying Symptoms such as fatigue, chronic aches and pains could be signs of having low Vitamin D.
How do I get more Vitamin D?
Exposure to the Sun will definitely contribute to your lack of Vitamin D, but since the sun can also cause sunburns and skin cancer, other alternatives to obtain Vitamin D are by eating more fatty fish such as Tuna and Salmon. Other foods/beverages such as cheese, egg yolk, milk, orange juice, and yogurt, are great ways to increase your levels. Most people will have to resort to a Vitamin D supplement. And that’s a normal and healthy way to improve your levels.
With that being said the summer is slowly approaching but it will be here soon. Try to enjoy the outdoors! Take supplements or eat the necessary foods for healthy bones and overall for a healthy body. Always review your blood results with your doctor and ask questions to be sure any deficiencies you may encounter could seem minor but will become beneficial to you and your health in the long run in terms of understanding your blood levels.
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