Monday, July 13, 2015
Are you getting enough Vitamin D?
Known as the "sunshine vitamin" D is produced when the skin is exposed to the sun. 32% of both children and adults in the US are deficient. Too little Vitamin D has been linked to everything from increased risk of cancer and heart disease to severe asthma in children. Signs of too little of this vitamin may include bone pain, muscle weakness and feeling down. One study showed those low on Vitamin D were 11 times more likely to be depressed than those with normal levels. It is a key player in a healthy immune system. A blood test is the best way to check your level. It's important to work with your doctor on finding the right dose for you. You can get more Vitamin D by eating fatty fish(salmon, tuna and mackerel), beef, liver, cheese, egg yolks and Vitamin D fortified milk and orange juice.