Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

This time of year, it can be difficult to spend any time outside. It’s cold and often windy and most people would rather just stay indoors where its nice and warm. It can be very easy to become deficient in vitamin D during this time of year. Other factors that can lead to a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency are working night shift, being elderly, not eating much fish, having dark skin, or being overweight or obese.

Do you know if you’re deficient in vitamin D? Here are two things to consider if you think you might be or if you have one or more of the risk factors.

· Getting sick more often than usual.

Most people think of vitamin C when it comes to your immune system, but vitamin D plays an important role as well. Vitamin D works with the infection fighting cells of your body and helps to make them stronger.

· Back pain

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and it works with calcium. Without the necessary vitamin D in your blood stream, calcium is not absorbed as effectively which inhibits bone repair. A lot of times this will show up first in your back, as the bones of the spine become weaker without the adequate absorption of calcium.

Vitamin D deficiency is an easy fix, even if you cannot go into the sunlight. You could start to eat more fatty fish (which is also full of omega 3’s that are health positive), consume fortified dairy products, or take a vitamin D supplement.