The heat index in Chattanooga, TN has been unrelenting this summer. While walking on my grass I noticed the grass was crunchy from all the heat and no rain. The hot temperatures have definitely made me stay indoors much more than I would like. The less my skin gets blessed with sun light, the less vitamin D for my body. Diet is not the only source.
Vitamin D is not just for bones. Almost every tissue in the body has receptors for vitamin D. Vitamin D is responsible for many functions in the body for you to remain healthy.
Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency is more common than people think. My blood levels of Vitamin D when first taken were a shocking 11 out of 100. I was very deficient. My diet was great and I have adequate amounts of sun but that wasn’t enough. I then started to supplement Vitamin D to make up for the deficiency.
Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency
◘ Weak or soft bones and possibly fractures
◘ Body pains and sore muscles
◘ Depression or moodiness
◘ Being tired and not feeling great
I had symptoms 2, 3 and 4 when I went to get tested. You really don’t know until your Vitamin D starts to get back to normal and you remember how you felt before. You kind of get use to the way you feel.
Factors Affecting Your Vitamin D
◘ The more north you live the less sunlight you get
◘ The darker your skin
◘ The more you weigh
◘ Your diet
◘ How much time you spend outside
Vitamin D’s role in the body is not just about bones. Studies have shown Vitamin D plays a role in regulating many functions in the body. These functions include: immune system, metabolic system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, mood and autoimmune system.
Vitamin D Part II was written to hopefully spark an interest in the reader to get their vitamin D check by their doctor. Its role in keeping you healthy is vital.
Christopher M. Lewis, D.C.