That's just what we call our Vitamin D3 injection. I bet you know that Vitamin D in your body comes mainly (between 50 and 90%) from exposure to the sun. I bet you didn't know that over one BILLION (not million mind you, Billion) people in the world are deficient in Vitamin D. There are something like 5 billion people in the world, so there's a chance you're one of them.
In Texas and Louisiana not as much as the poor folks who live in Alaska, but you never know.
Here are just a few causes that might put you in the risk zone:
Having dark skin.
Being overweight or obese.
Not eating much fish or dairy.
Always using sunscreen when going out.
Drinking alcohol regularly.
Here's the worst part: You might be a sun-lover and still be deficient. Turns out that right at 50% of healthy young men between the ages of 18 and 45 in Saudi Arabia are Vitamin D deficient, and they get plenty of sun over there in the desert.
Oddly, until it gets severe there are no symptoms. So, if there aren't any symptoms, what's the big deal?
Well, for starters EVERY SINGLE cell in your body has Vitamin D receptors, and they all need it. According to publications in the U.S. National Library of Medicine Vitamin D3 deficiency can result in obesity, diabetes, hypertension, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, osteoporosis and neuro-degenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin D deficiency may even contribute to the development of cancers, especially breast, prostate, and colon cancers. Current research indicates vitamin D deficiency plays a role in causing seventeen varieties of different cancers as well as heart disease, stroke, autoimmune diseases, birth defects, and periodontal disease
All of that sounds like pure hell. Gaining weight and always feeling draggy are the least awful things on that list. Cancer? Ugh.
So how much Vitamin D do you need? Well, that depends on your age. Otherwise healthy adults who don't present with risk factors really need between 600 and 800 IUs (International Units) of Vitamin D a day. It helps your body process calcium so your bones stay healthy, it regulates blood production, helps with strengthening your immune system, improves neuro-muscular function, and improves your mood. If you are overweight or have kidney or liver issues there's a good likelihood your body doesn't process Vitamin D properly even if you're taking supplements.
So, what to do? Well, obviously we're going to tell you to get a Vitamin D injection from us, but if that's not your bag you can start enjoying a little more sun (safely, skin cancer sucks), taking high quality supplements religiously (if you don't have risk factors that make it meaningless), and eating foods high in Vitamin D like fatty fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel), liver (yuck), and egg yolks. If you don't go in for any of those, some processed foods like orange juice and kids' cereals are fortified with Vitamin D.
Whatever route you choose, keep that Vitamin D level up, and call us if you have any questions!