As we head into the darkets days of the year over here in Minnesota (with brighter ones to come after next week, yeah!), lunchtime chit chat steared its way to vitamin D (oh, doesn’t it always?). It went something like this:
“My doctor tested my vitamin levels and I’m deficient.”
“Hey, I’ve tested deficient before, too!”
“Hey, me too!”
If this isn’t your kind of everyday lunchtime banter, follow our lead!Â Chances are you’re a part of our D deficient family. Welcome! With 5 in the discussion and 3 confirming deficiency, we were in fact pretty representational of the statistics, which state that 40-60% of people (OR MORE!) are deficient (findings vary). So what’s the deal?
If you haven’t noticed by now, I tend to follow coinciding and serendipitous events. When I got back to work this article, Vitamin D, I Heart Thee,Â by Andrea Balt popped up, which is why I decided to present the topic to you. She goes into more detail on the nitty gritty of the whats, whys, and hows of vitamin D (including videos, hooray!), so make sure to check it out, get the full scoop, and find more resources. Here’s another useful nugget at this linkÂ where Dr. John Douillard also digs deeper into what this is all about.Â Who couldn’t use more knowledge?Â
In a nutshell, there are plenty of worthwhile reasons to make sure you’re keeping levels were they need to be: mood, immune system functioning, warding off diseases, and more. You can supplement, increase some through your diet, or spend more time in the sun, but the only way you’ll really know if you’re where you need to be is to get tested. From my experience, I’ve found vitamin levels aren’t checked as standard protocol, so it’s worthwhile to request the tests at your yearly physical.
Do you find this information helpful? How has vitamin deficiency played a role in your health? Â Share here so we can all learn from one another’s experiences! And if you happen to live in a radiantly sun-shiny location, beam some of that wonder juice out to the rest of us!