This vitamin can be a big factor in your overall wellness.
Out of all the vitamins, there may be none more common than Vitamin D. It’s literally a ray of sunshine in your overall health and wellness. That’s because the sun itself can be a source of Vitamin D. While you can be assured that you get some Vitamin D every time you step outside, are you getting enough? If not, what can be done to make sure that you do?
Benefits of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that offers a wide range of important benefits. Among the most important is bone health because of how it helps the body process calcium but it also has an impact on skin health, the muscular system, supports your immune system, can help children with asthma, lowers the risk of cancer, enhances your mood, supports your weight loss efforts, decreases the risk of diabetes, and relieves hypertension. It can even be a factor in sexual health and fertility.
Levels of Vitamin D
If you were to get a Vitamin D blood test, the adequate measurement would be anywhere from 20-50 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL). If you’re reading this right now, you likely aren’t looking for “normal” but rather, “optimal”. People who are looking to perform better in sports, fitness, or achieve higher levels of success in life overall know that average isn’t sufficient enough. So while 50 is the top normal number, optimal is always better which means the range of around 70. As we get older, our kidneys aren’t as capable of processing this vitamin which means the risk of deficiency increases. If those levels are ever at 12 or lower, you’re deficient and in need of Vitamin D.
Symptoms of Low D Levels
The possibility of low Vitamin D levels should be taken very seriously. People who are at low levels are subject to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, and higher chances of getting cancer. This is especially true if you have a family history of certain types of cancer.
Vitamin D Sources
Outside of getting Vitamin D every time you step outside on a sunny day, there are other ways you can make sure you take in the recommended 600 International Units (IU) of Vitamin D every day. Fatty fish like tuna, salmon, and mackerel are excellent choices. You will also find it in egg yolks and dairy products like milk and cheese.
There is also Vitamin D supplementation that makes it more convenient. Vitamin D is available in pill or liquid form in amounts ranging from 400-1,000 IU per serving. The downside to this is that there’s a good chance your body won’t absorb that entire amount and use it properly. The reason this matters is because up to 60% of the American population is deficient in this important vitamin.
Intramuscular shots with Vitamin D can be performed weekly or monthly to ensure that not only will you get the amount that your body needs, but that it’s completely absorbed and used to its full potential. The IV Lounge offers Vitamin D IM shots in 50,000 IU amounts so that if you’re deficient, your levels can be restored to a better amount.
Have you spoken to your doctor about Vitamin D deficiency? Make sure that you do and then reach out to the IV Lounge to book an appointment to discuss if IV D is the solution for you.