How Do You Get Your #VitaminD?

Growing up, my mom always reminded us about the importance of good posture and keeping our smile bright and healthy. After all, my mom was a hygienist and she cared about bone health when others didn’t give much thought to it at all. I on the other hand, always was reminded of it. I knew that we should drink our milk and eat yogurt because they each have Vitamin D, which is a nutrient that supports the absorption of calcium. Recently though, I learned that being deficient in  #VitaminD can cause symptoms like low moods and energy, and can affect your heart health.

Listen here what Nature Made Asks Pharmacists about Vitamin D Deficiency.

Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency can vary depending on the individual and the severity of the deficiency. Many people have no symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency until complications, such as rickets (a softening of the bones in children), are present. Symptoms may also be mild or subtle. Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency include:

  • Bone pain
  • Delayed tooth formation
  • Dental deformities
  • Muscle cramps
  • Poor growth in children
  • Spine and other bone deformities
  • Stooped posture and a loss of height
  • Tingling
  • Weakness

Which led me to wonder….

So, where do you get your Vitamin D from?

Sunlight is  the main place where you can get your Vitamin D from. But for many times during the year, especially during those winter months, you cannot get what you need from the sun alone.  But good news! You  can get all of your vitamin D needs fulfilled cheaply at a drug store near you.  Check out my Google + story here.

Just remember, there is also an important difference between the different forms of Vitamin D.

Vitamin D3 can be manufactured naturally by humans when your skin is exposed to sunlight, but Vitamin D2 is found only in plants and is not as effective in maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D in your body. You want to take Vitamin D3.

Maintaining healthy levels of Vitamin D in your body has been shown to be an important part of your overall health as Vitamin D supports teeth, bone and immune health . If we suffer from a deficiency we are more likely to suffer from bone fractures and cavities.

Ensuring healthy levels of Vitamin D in your body may also promote heart health.

For healthy adults, the recommendation is 1000 IU per day. However, 2000 IU is perfect for the adult who feels they would  benefit from a supplement at a higher dosage especially due to low sun exposure in the winter months.

Nature Made also makes a Childrens chewable formula. The recommended amount for children is 400 IU per day. But please make sure you consult your pediatric health professional to help you decide the proper dosage for your child.

 

  
 
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