The Sunshine Vitamin – Are You Getting Yours?

Going along with my “When It Rains, It Pours” blog, our Vitamin D intakes also decrease when these storms come through. In the northern states particularly when our sunshine is already limited, to where we can actually enjoy sunshine for the 4-5 months out of the entire year, thunderstorms get in the way and force us to be inside – taking away precious time in the sun that we really need. Then, before we know it, it’s back to “hibernation” mode for fall & winter.

Lack of Vitamin D is linked to some cancers, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Even pregnant women with insufficient levels can bare children that have lower bone density than normal. So if you’re feeling like you’ve been trapped indoors all summer long and haven’t had some fun in the sun – you might want to get your Vitamin D levels checked, especially if you’re experience frequent muscle fatigue and/or dull aches and pains. And on the opposite spectrum, if you’ve been taking Vitamin D supplements knowing that you haven’t been in the sun much and are experiencing a decreased appetite, irritability and/or vomiting – you could have too much Vitamin D in your system. Getting tested will allow you to find out where your levels are now and they you should be.