The Sly Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency
By Sara Butler
Vitamin D is incredibly important to your overall health and wellness. Yet many adults don't get enough of it, especially in the winter months. If you suspect you may have a Vitamin D deficiency, then make sure to have it checked out by a medical professional. Here are a few of the sneakier reasons your Vitamin D levels may take a nosedive.
Why Vitamin D is Important
Vitamin D is essential to your health because it helps to support a healthy immune system, keeps your bones strong, and may even protect you from certain types of cancer. It's a vitamin you cannot go without!
You Don't Get Enough Sun
Your body produces its own Vitamin D when it's exposed to the sun's rays, which is pretty nifty. But if where you live where the sun doesn't peek out for very often in the winter months, you may not be getting enough -- especially when you combine it with the hours you're inside during the day for work or school. Of course, Mission Viejo residents don't have to worry about that, but I'm just sayin'.
You're Getting Older
Age isn't a process you can stop, you simply need to know how to navigate the different eras of life. One of the most important things to navigate is making sure your body has what it needs to be healthy, including sufficient amounts of Vitamin D. As you age, you risk losing Vitamin D because the skin simply can't efficiently synthesize it as it used to. Plus, older people tend to spend more time indoors.
You Have Medical Issues
If you have Crohn's disease or you're battling celiac, you're at a higher risk of a Vitamin D deficiency. This may be because the foods that are fortified with Vitamin D are on the list of things you need to stay away from or your body simply can't absorb all the nutrients from the food you eat. If you have an intestinal issue, make sure you get your Vitamin D levels checked.
What to Do
If you suspect you have a Vitamin D deficiency, then have a blood test done. Depending on your test results, a supplement may be recommended. Do not try to diagnose yourself because taking a supplement when you don't need it is dangerous. You can take too much Vitamin D, which can lead to problems such as vomiting, bone pain, nausea, and constipation.
If you're worried about your Vitamin D levels, discuss it with the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mission Viejo, Calif.