Let the Sunshine In ... Take Some Vitamin D


Feeling the warmth of the sun is a rarer experience than we'd like this winter. Between the snow, rain, ice, and grey skies, it's no wonder some of us are feeling a little depleted. It isn't just the weather, Vitamin D deficiency is a "thing" for those of us living in areas where sunshine is limited during certain seasons. If you are lacking in Vitamin D, The Cleveland Clinic cites these possible symptoms:

  • Fatigue

  • Bone pain

  • Muscle weakness, muscle aches, or muscle cramps

  • Mood changes, like depression

Vitamin D and Heart Health

In keeping with our spotlight on February for Heart Health, we thought you'd be interested in knowing about a recent study that found: people with vitamin D deficiency are more likely to suffer from heart disease and higher blood pressure than those with normal levels of vitamin D. For participants with the lowest concentrations, the risk of heart disease was more than double that seen for those with sufficient concentrations.


Vitamin D and Covid

A study published on Thursday in the research journal PLOS One found that about half of people who were vitamin D deficient before getting COVID-19 developed severe illness, compared to less than 10% of people who had sufficient levels of the vitamin in their blood.


Other Benefits of Vitamin D

  • Bone health

  • Calcium absorption

  • Balancing parathyroid glands


Sources of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is in foods such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel. These are some of the best foods to eat when you are trying to get more vitamin D. Other foods that have vitamin D, but in small amounts, include cheese, egg yolks, and beef liver. You can also get vitamin D from fortified foods such as milk and some cereals, orange juices, yogurts, margarines, and soy drinks.

For many of us, Vitamin D supplements help us maintain our levels. However, it can be overwhelming sifting through the options-- which brand can you trust, what form, how much?


Dosing

WebMD indicates that Guidelines from the Institute of Medicine increased the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin D to 600 international units (IU) for everyone ages 1-70, and raised it to 800 IU for adults older than age 70 to optimize bone health. The safe upper limit was also raised to 4,000 IU. Practitioners may prescribe more than 4,000 IU to correct a vitamin D deficiency.


Additionally, it is recommended that Vitamin D be taken with Calcium. Again, many are left wondering, "when and how much?"


We are here for you

There is no need to navigate through the world of vitamin supplements alone without full education. Together, we can

  • determine if you have a medically concerning deficiency by ordering labs, if necessary

  • suggest the proper dose and regiment depending on your personal needs and conditions

  • select a trusted brand, including those offered through Restorative, a line of supplements we offer

Other suggestions


  • Don't forget, now through February 18th, you can give yourself (or someone you love) a Myers' Cocktail boost for only $99.

  • Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UBI)(UBVI) treatment. Learn more here about Sunshine for the Soul

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