Vitamin D is crucial to the healthy function of your immune system and nervous system, it also supports brain and cardiovascular function. So…
How do you know if you’re vitamin D-efficient?
The easiest way to find out is to have your doctor run a blood test for 25-hydroxy vitamin D (that’s exact name of the test). Your results should be between 60-80 ng/mL optimally.
I have patients say, “well I go out in the sun.” “I drink milk.” “I eat vitamin D fortified cereal.” And I tell them, in all my years of practicing (9), I have yet to have a vitamin D blood test come back within the optimal/normal range (of a patient who is NOT already on a prescription vitamin D supplement). With that being said, you should have your vitamin D looked at even if you go out in the sun, drink milk or eat fortified cereal.
The reason being, some people don’t get enough sunshine to maintain adequate vitamin D levels, while others don’t consume enough vitamin D-containing foods. Others have a genetic variation that does not allow them to convert the sun’s vitamin D into the absorbable vitamin D that our bodies need to use.
As a result, vitamin D deficiency is extremely common in ALL parts of the world.
What are some other symptoms of vitamin D-efficiency?
- Brain fog
- Impaired wound healing
- Generalized weakness
- Muscle or bone pain
- Bone loss
- Poor immunity
- Tooth decay
Your diet can impact your vitamin D levels.
Unfortunately, however the quantity of vitamin D in foods is very limited. If you’re looking to get more vitamin D through your foods, here’s a great graphic that illustrates which foods are highest in it.
The goal should be to consume these foods daily which will help maintain a stronger immune system, improved mental health and feeling better overall.
Pro tip: With fresh mushrooms, put them in the sun or under a UV light for 10 minutes prior to eating. Mushrooms are able to convert the UV rays to active vitamin D since they are a living organism (a fungus).
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