Vitamin D is absorbed through our skin with sunlight exposure. Of course, decreased sun exposure is not the only reason for being deficient. According to an article on WebMD, decreased vitamin D can be related to:
- If your body cannot correctly absorb vitamin D
- Vegan diets
- Kidney complications
- Dark complexion
So why bother with maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D? This vitamin is important to our bodies because it helps convert calcium to a useful form. Decreased levels have been related to bone pain and brittleness. Did you know that exercising and weight lifting through a physical therapy program can help maintain bone density and health?
Other health risks may include: increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children, and cancer. These are all excellent reasons to keep up with Vitamin D and avoid the MD.
The six best ways to get vitamin D, according to Mayo Clinic:
- Sunlight exposure to bare skin
- Fish and fish liver oils
- Egg yolks
- Beef liver
- Fortified dairy
If you do experience loss of bone density or pain, contact your doctor for a referral for outpatient physical therapy and come see us. We can help you build both strong muscles and bones. So get some vitamin D, stay healthy, and enjoy life!