Take in Some Sunshine (aka Vitamin D)
Yes, we all know that excessive amounts of sun may lead to skin cancer, however some individuals may benefit from ten to fifteen minutes a day. And dare I say “without any sunscreen.”
So what does sunshine have to do with vitamin D? Well, vitamin D is made by the body after sun exposure. If you live in an area that isn’t very sunny or you are addicted to high SPF sunscreen, you may not have enough vitamin D for your body. We have become so educated about skin cancer and applying sunscreen that we have become deficient. In fact, statistics have shown that worldwide there is an epidemic of vitamin D depletion.
After experiencing my own issues with a low vitamin D level, I felt very compelled to blog some information. I believe knowledge is a powerful tool and everyone should be proactive in their healthcare.
I had many of the symptoms listed below. After a full year of feeling very blah, I decided to consult my family physician. A variety of lab draws were done to check for other conditions such as anemia, electrolyte imbalances, kidney function, or any auto immune diseases. Thankfully, overall I am a healthy individual. My vitamin D level was 13.
No wonder I felt so bad! My physician started me on prescription strength vitamin D to jump start my way to vitality.
The typical “normal” ranges for vitamin D 30-70 ng/ml (nanograms per milliliter)
Some symptoms of vitamin D deficiency:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Muscle Weakness
- Softening of the bones
- Lowered Immunity
- Depression and Mood Swings
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, all other possibilities have been ruled out, ask your physician to check your vitamin D level. Be aware that some insurance companies will not always pay for the test. So, don’t be afraid to spend 15 minutes a day to take in some sun!