What is Vitamin D and why do we need it?
Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins our body needs, yet is found in very few foods we as a society consume. The significance of Vitamin D to our everyday lives is that it promotes calcium absorption, and is necessary for bone growth. A lack of Vitamin D makes for weaker, more brittle bones.
Despite the body’s need for Vitamin D, a Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common nutrient-related issues. Symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency are, but not limited to, the following:
• Muscle pain
• Chronic fatigue
• Weakened immune response
• Hair loss
• Weakening of the bones
Luckily, most Vitamin D deficiencies can be treated when diagnosed, and these treatments can improve your health significantly. Most treatments include implementing a daily Vitamin D supplement, longer exposure to sun, and a Vitamin D focused diet.
Foods with higher levels of Vitamin D include:
• Fatty fish such as swordfish, salmon, cod, and sardines
• Orange juice
• Beef liver
• Cheeses, such as swiss cheese
Improving upon one’s Vitamin D levels has a number of benefits for the body, including a reduced risk of diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, improved strength, and reduced risk for bone-related injuries and fractures.
If you believe you may have a Vitamin D deficiency, 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.