Believe it or not, many Americans suffer from a vitamin D deficiency. In fact, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported, “32 percent of children and adults throughout the US were vitamin D deficient — and this is grossly underestimated as they used vitamin D levels that were not consistent with optimal health.” Are you part of that 32 percent?
Why Vitamin D Deficiency?
Despite its name, vitamin D is not a regular vitamin. It is actually a steroid hormone that is meant to be consumed through sun exposure and not diet. Actually, there are not many foods that have a therapeutic level of vitamin D naturally, and even fortified foods do not contain enough vitamin D to meet your health needs.
Symptoms Of Vitamin D Deficiency:
- Depression symptoms
- Head sweats
- Achy bones
- Gut problems (gluten intolerance, IBS, Crohn’s, etc.)
How Much Is Enough/Too Much?
When it comes to vitamin D levels, you want to be in “optimal range.” For adults, this range is 50-70 ng/ml, “deficient” is anything less than 50 ng/ml. More than 100 ng/ml would be considered too much.
How Can You Get Enough Vitamin D?
The best way to optimize your vitamin D levels is through safe appropriate exposure. Of course “appropriate” will be different for everyone, but the general rule of thumb is about 15-30 minutes a day. If you are not able to get daily sun exposure, you may require a vitamin D supplement.
Benefits Of Vitamin D
When your vitamin D intake is optimal, there are many benefits you can experience, including prevention of heart disease and stroke, a boosted immune system (fighting infections such as the flu), DNA repair, and prevention of autoimmune diseases.
Let Us Help
If you think you may be experiencing a vitamin D deficiency, let us help! We can give you more information about vitamin D and help you with a supplement. We have our own line of vitamins at Medical Center Pharmacy to make sure you live life at your healthiest! We invite you to experience the difference in service, convenience, and quality at Medical Center Pharmacy.