Vitamin D Deficiency is the New Black ! Supplement vs Food Source

 

 

My fourth day into the A- Z blogging challenge and am blogging the letter D. What better topic to blog about than Vitamin D ? When I was diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency, I was quite surprised. I soak up the sun to get my D rays and am quite conscientious about drinking my milk  and getting my food source of D , so why was I deficient ? Doc told me 1 out of 5 people end up with vitamin D deficiency. Reasons could be anything from lack of exposure to sun, not being absorbed by the body or the increased melanin content of skin which prevents absorption. The best treatment is a supplement. When I took supplemental Vitamin D , I lost weight, and felt healthier. If you have a diagnosed D deficiency  the best way to bring up your D levels quickly is to take a supplement . Doctors usually prescribe anywhere between  1000 iu to 5000 iu. If you have a mild or borderline deficiency, food sources are fine.  Making sure you eat a diet rich in vitamin D is good insurance against preventing a deficiency and will help to boost absorption of Vitamin D.

Conditions related to lack of Vitamin D

Obesity:Vitamin D deficiency is frequently linked to obesity, as the insufficient level of vitamin D holds back the production of hormone leptin, which regulates the fat in the body.

Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

Severe asthma in children.

Rickets : Softening of the bones in children.

Cognitive impairment in older people

Osteoporosis

Depression and fatigue : associated with a lack of sunlight. This is called D depression and seen to occur mainly in the winter. A supplement of Vitamin D has been seen to improve the condition.

Food sources of Vitamin D

 

 

 

    Milk, eggs, tuna, salmon, cod liver oil, yogurt,

    orange juice, cheese, enriched breads,

    enriched   cereals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To read more posts and recipes in this challenge click here  . Check back tomorrow to check out my post on the letter E 🙂 !

About Sunithi Selvaraj, RD

Registered Dietitian with a sweet tooth and a passion for eating healthy ( quite a combo) Nutrition Geek, Healthy Nut.........

Comments

  1. I recently was told I have a Vitamin D deficiency by my doctor. She did agree that it’s incredibly common. I’ve been taking Vitamin D supplements from Vitamin Code and my dizzy spells have gone away – which is amazing. I couldn’t figure out what was triggering them. Great blog – I’m really enjoying your posts.

  2. good thing I read this, because I didn’t know about D depression.

  3. i ofte feel depressed and tired mainly in summer ! Can that mean I am deficient in Vitamin D? NO fatigue is felt n winter time.

  4. Thanks for the supplement share.
    This is really helpful for healthy body,

  5. Vitamins should really come from food, but for reasons that prevent you from getting enough vitamins and minerals, supplements are good alternative. These vitamin supplements are scientifically formulated to supply enough vitamins and minerals to our body to keep healthy and active.

  6. Nice….Thank you for sharing. I think it would be helpful for all.

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