The Importance of Vitamin D
More and more research is uncovering our desperate need for more vitamin D. This supplement is all around us. 80-90% of all of the vitamin D we absorb comes from the sun; however, most of us are not getting enough and it has serious health implications.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an increase stroke risk, increased Dysmenorrhea (or menstrual pain), increased hospitalization and surgery related to Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Crohn’s Disease, and increased pain and symptoms related to Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Multiple Sclerosis. Vitamin D acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and encourages optimal functioning for patients.
Though Vitamin D does help with pain relief of things like Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, it isn’t an instant cure. Vitamin D certainly will help with the severity of pain and if used along with other natural pain relievers, like yoga or CBD, which is a cannabinoid of the cannabis plant that is known for relieving pain, amongst other benefits (check out theveritasfarms.com for more information), you’ll certainly find a difference in your symptoms.
Doctors recommend that patients try and get their vitamin D from the sun. You should aim for 10-15 minutes of direct sun three times a week. If you are unable to get out, supplements are always available. The recommended minimum dose is 4000 IU a day.
If you are unsure about your vitamin D levels, our office offers a test. Call us at 865.524.1234 to find out more about the vitamin D test and what it can do for you. This test could be the difference between pain and discomfort and total body wellness for you.
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