Exposure to safe amounts of sunlight is a natural, effective way to boost your vitamin D intake.
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin, which makes it lovable right off the bat. And we here at Sandstone Chiropractic are also aware of the potential health benefits that come from getting adequate amounts of this lively little vitamin.
Vitamin D Health Benefits
When your vitamin D levels are optimized, it can help your body by:
- Improving immune function
- Building strong bones and teeth
- Absorbing calcium
- Reducing your risk of certain conditions that can stem from a deficiency
What a Vitamin D Deficiency Looks Like
Your body is prone to letting you know if you’re not getting enough vitamin D, which can put you at risk for a number of serious health conditions down the line.
Symptoms of a deficiency may include:
- Excessive sweating
- Notable, and unexpected, weakness
- Chronic pain
- Depressive moods
- Broken bones
A vitamin D deficiency has been linked to conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
How to Get Sufficient Vitamin D
Since vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin, you may have already guessed one way to get it is by exposing your bare skin to sunlight. Another is to take vitamin D supplements.
While it’s tough to get optimal amounts of vitamin D from your diet alone, you can also opt for foods rich in the nutrient. Fortified milk, yogurt, egg yolks, cheese contain notable amounts of the vitamin, as do fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon, tuna, trout and halibut.
Vitamin D and Chiropractic Care
Because the nervous system is the master system of your body that controls every organ, muscle and tissue, having a healthy nervous system can increase your skin’s ability to properly access and use vitamin D. One of the top benefits of chiropractic care is a healthy nervous system, along with nutritional guidance we can provide to ensure your body is performing at its top capacity.
Want to learn more? Call Sandstone or schedule your comprehensive exam with x-rays online.