Thursday, April 21, 2016

Vitamin D - Short and Sweet



Theory has it that lack of Vitamin D can worsen if not cause Multiple Sclerosis. The acceptable range for Vitamin D in humans is 30-100 ng/mL. A couple of weeks ago, I came in at a measly 9.3. Needless to say I was deficient.

I started Vitamin D supplements as I don't get outside as much as I'd like, but the prospect of improving my health with one little vitamin a day is always a bonus. It has even been shown that weakness associated with MS, which I acquired on my entire left side with the first attack, can be improved with Vitamin D and the increased risk of falling (been there, done that) also decreases.

Here is an excellent article on the subject of Vitamin D specifically associated with MS.



It would most likely be worth obtaining a quick check on your Vitamin D levels and address any deficiencies. Some signs and/or risks that you may be experiencing this deficiency is:

  • Your bones ache
  • You have gut issues
  • Your head sweats
  • You are 50 +
A couple of other advantages of making sure your Vitamin D levels is up to par, is it aids in cardiovascular disease, promotes weight loss, helps in calcium absorption, elevates depressed moods and it also helps protect you from contracting influenza (which is CURRENTLY in my home as I type... I hope these guys know what they are talking about!).



Vitamin D is available simply by getting exposed to a little sun each day, taking vitamin supplements, and from eating Vitamin D rich foods such as:

  • Fatty fish (salmon, trout, cod, tuna)
  • Fortified foods (Vitamin D fortified cereals, milks and juices)
  • Egg yolk (boo, I'm intolerant to eggs!)
  • Shittake mushrooms
  • Butter (again, boo!)
  • Parsley
  • Potatoes
One simple change can make a huge, positive change in your health, so check it out!

Keep up the fight!

Laura



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