Do you find yourself with the "winter blues" or seasonal depression? How about joint pain or fatigue? Did you know that these may all be symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency?
You Are Probably Vitamin D Deficient According to This Study
According the a recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), up to 90% of the population in the USA are Vitamin D deficient. (1)
Can you believe it! I can, because Vitamin D is made in your body when you are exposed to sunlight. However, our life style has made it so that our time in the sun is limited or blocked by sunscreen. Also, when you are like me and live in a place like Wisconsin, sunlight is very limited in the winter months.
Vitamin D deficiency is commonly known to be linked to seasonal depression, but do you know there are multiple other symptoms as well?
Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms
According to research, a Vitamin D deficiency can be linked to the following health problems (2):
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Autoimmune diseases
- Depression (including Seasonal Depression)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic pain
The only way to know if you are Vitamin D deficient is to have a test preformed. This will tell you if, and how severely, deficient you are.
What Should My Vitamin D Levels Be?
So you got tested for Vitamin D deficiency, how do you interpret the numbers? Here are some general guidelines on ranges:
- 70+ optimal
- 30-70 you should work to raise your levels
- 30 or below is considered very deficient and you should take immediate action to raise your levels
How Do I Raise My Vitamin D Levels?
Now the greatest question is, how can I raise my Vitamin D levels if I am deficient?
I personally was only at 33 when I was tested and my mom was at 26! There are a few ways that you can work to raise your Vitamin D levels and I personally did all of these suggestions.
Vitamin D Injections
Work with a medical professional to have Vitamin D injections. This works best in conjunction with an oral supplement. It will help to bring your levels up and then you can maintain with your supplement. I personally worked with Jennifer Hruz, a local nurse practitioner, who owns Viva Wellness located in Brookfield, WI. I went to Jennifer for four Vitamin D injections of 50,000 IU over the span of two months.
Additional Vitamin D Oral Supplement
Guidelines from the Institute of Medicine say that the safe upper limit is 4,000 IU a day. That is why it is important to get tested, so you know if you need to take more. (3)
Take a daily Vitamin D3 supplement to help raise your levels. I personally take Natural Factors 5,000IU (2/day), which is available here.
Good Daily Multi-Vitamin
A good daily multi-vitamin is important for so many reasons, but once you have your levels brought up you want to maintain them for the long haul. I personally take Plexus XFactor Plus, which contains 1,000 IU per serving.
Get Feeling Better
If you think you may be Vitamin D deficient, contact us to get your levels tested or order your at home test here, from our partners at Everlywell. Then we can help you come up with a personalized plan to help bring your levels up so you can start feeling better!