Experts say getting enough Vitamin D is important when it comes to staying healthy.
But understanding the right way to go about getting the vitamin can be tricky.
This cold winter isn’t always welcome by those living here in KELOLAND. While it comes every year as no surprise, the lack of sun can have an impact.
“I’ve been taking a Vitamin D supplement for probably about 4 or 5 years, my doctor recommended it. You know we live in an area where our sun can be limited certain times of year,” Cynthia Anderson said.
Anderson says while she tries following a healthy diet, it’s not always easy incorporating vitamin d into it.
“There’s really not a lot of foods that naturally have Vitamin D. Fortified foods like fortified cereals, vitamin d milk, those do have a good amount but if your levels are already low you probably need a supplement,” Registered dietitian Lizzie Kasparek said.
The Mayo clinic recommends adults get at least 600 international units or 15 micrograms, of Vitamin D.
When levels are low, Kasparek says you may experience mood changes, muscle pain and weakness, or bone health issues.
“The sun is the most natural way to get Vitamin D, so having your arms and legs exposed in the sunlight is really hard this time of year specifically, but also if you have an office job and you don’t get off until 4 o clock or later,” Kasparek said.
Luckily Kasparek says taking a supplement can work when the sun isn’t shining so brightly.
“D3 is really the one you want to be taking, and it might already be in your multivitamin. So just check to see, if you’re taking a multivitamin just how much is in there,” Kasparek said.
She says because Vitamin D is fat soluble vitamin your body will hold onto the excess, so it’s important to monitor your intake. If you’re worried your level are low Kasparek says a good first step is to check with your doctor.
“They’ll be able to do a blood draw and tell you really what your levels are so you can monitor and say, oh yea I’ve been taking this supplement and it’s actually increasing my levels,” Kasparek said.
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