Vitamin D: Important to Talk About!
We continue talking about vitamin D- the nutrient necessary for bone, skin, heart, immune, hormonal and mental health. Did you know 80 to 90 percent of our vitamin D comes from sun exposure? According to Dr. Michael F. Holick, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine at Boston University Medical Center, eating a healthy diet does not guarantee you are getting enough of every nutrient, especially vitamin D. It is recommended adults receive 600-1,000 IU’s of vitamin D daily. A large helping of salmon, the fish considered to be the best source of vitamin D only provides around 450 IU’s. Supplements can help deliver vitamin D to the bones, heart, immune system and endocrine system. Don’t all of these sound like things your mom really needs? Truth be told, we all do! Your mom may not be here yet, but once we go over 70, the skin does not make as much vitamin D as it once did. Because older adults generally spend more time indoors as well, this also contributes to a deficiency.
How Do You Know if You Are Getting Enough Vitamin D? A lab test is the only true way to know. But here are some symptoms:
Vitamin D improves levels of serotonin, which makes you feel positive and gives you a sense of well-being. It also helps regulate hormonal health aiding in some forms of depression. Studies have shown vitamin D deficiency may be a cause for excessive daytime sleepiness. So, next time you want to take a nap, head to Tranquility Tans for a little vitamin D exposure.
Muscle soreness and joint pain are key indicators that you are not receiving enough Vitamin D. Particularly in winter, when one does not get a lot of sun, the deficiency may be much more pronounced.
A hundred years ago, visiting doctors would ask new mothers how sweaty their heads were to find vitamin D deficiency. So, check your head- this is one of the classic signs telling your body you are not getting enough D!
Put away the ibuprofen, all you need is some vitamin D! In a published study in September of 2010, The Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, states ‘Low levels of D may be the cause to frequent headaches.’
‘Safe sun exposure is critical’, says Holick. Vitamin D is only produced when skin is exposed unprotected. If you typically burn after 30 min, he suggests playing in the sun for about 10 to 15 minutes, and then putting your sunscreen on. Tanning beds also are conducive to Vitamin D production in the body. Safe tanning, with responsible use is a great way to get more of that D your body needs. So you have to options to get mom her healthy dose of Vitamin D: head out for a day together and find some sun. Or come and find us in Boulder and both of you can get your share from artificial UV exposure from our safe sun beds.
Bring mom over to Veranda Sun and get her a great Mother’s Day gift, a healthy dose of Vitamin D!
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