Healthy levels of Vitamin D are necessary for all of us. If you avoid the sun, suffer from milk allergies, adhere to a strict vegetarian diet, or live in an area with short summers, you are at a higher risk for vitamin D deficiency. That could potentially lead to things like cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, asthma, cancer, and hypertension. Bone pain and muscle weakness are also potential indicators of a vitamin D deficiency.
For most people preventing a vitamin D deficiency is feasible without much effort. Unfortunately, most deficiencies go undetected because of the subtlety of the symptoms. So how can we ensure we are getting enough vitamin D? Swimming pool owners and users probably get plenty during the warm months by exposing their skin to the sun: while sunlight does not directly provide your body with vitamin D, our bodies produce it in response to sunlight.
If soaking up rays by the pool isn’t in the cards for you during the winter months, or you’re looking to limit your sunlight exposure any time of the year, there are plenty of other ways to get adequate amounts of vitamin D. Foods such as fish, eggs (the yolk), dairy, and grain products include vitamin D. Eat up! Also consider adding a multi-vitamin or dietary supplement with vitamin D to your daily routine.
While there is some debate about the benefits of vitamin D in preventing certain health issues, there is no debate that our bodies need it.