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Ways to combat against a Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D: you’ve likely heard of it, but may not know its benefits. And, you’re not the only one; according to a study conducted in 2010 by the Nutrition Journal, approximately 42% of Americans suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency, with the lack of the vitamin primarily found in people of color.

The most important compounds of Vitamin D for humans are Vitamin D2, and Vitamin D3, which can also be found in Vitamin D supplements. The significance of Vitamin D as it pertains to humans, is that this particular vitamin enables the body to better absorb calcium, thus promoting strong bones and cellular functions. According to the National Institutes of Health, adults aged 19-70 require approximately 600 IU of Vitamin D each day, while those over the age of 71 require approximately 800 IU of Vitamin D each day.

Generally speaking, those who suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency may experience the following symptoms:

* Muscle weakness
* Brittle bones
* Extreme fatigue
* Fractures
* Osteoporosis

Vitamin D deficiencies are generally easy to develop, because the vitamin is not found in many food sources. This means that Vitamin D cannot be easily consumed through foods such as the case with other vitamins and nutrients.

However, foods with natural sources of Vitamin D are, but are not limited to, the following:

* Eggs
* Beef liver
* Cheese
* Mushrooms
* Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel
* Cow’s milk as well as milk alternatives, such as almond milk, oat milk, and soy milk

In addition to consuming the aforementioned foods, Vitamin D can also be increased with sun exposure. For some, all of the Vitamin D necessary can be made by simply exposing their skin to the sun. However, it is imperative that one always applies sunscreen in order to prevent any potential skin cancers from forming when out in the sun. Vitamin D supplements can also help boost Vitamin D levels, and can generally be found in most stores.

Before beginning any new diet regimen, it is important you consult with your physician or specialist. If you would like to learn more about Theramotion’s work with patients please contact us at 718-279-9800. Additionally, you can fill out contact information on our Contact Us page and we will get back to you.