Vitamin D the Sunshine vitamin

Dr. Jenkins: Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 4:49 PM

Are you at risk for low "D"?


Symptoms:

1. Bone pain

2. Muscle weakness

3. Breast tenderness

4. Moodiness/poor mental clarity

5. Fatigue


Causes:

1. As we age the kidneys struggle to convert Vitamin D to an active form, increasing your risk of low "D".

2. Poor digestion or the lack of absorption in the gut can cause low "D".

3. Weight gain- Vitamin D is extracted from the blood by fat cells, alerting its release into to the blood, decreasing circulation. 

People with a body mass over 30 often have low 'D".


Ways to increase low "D"

1. Eat the following foods: carrots, squash, broccoli, avocado, peppers, sweet potato, eggs, and fish.

2. Sit out in the sun before 11am each day.

3. Have your blood levels checked and supplements with the recommended dosage.


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