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Vitamin D Supplementation

At Long Last, Spring

For those of us who live in areas where winter brings shorter, darker, colder days and fewer opportunities to enjoy the benefits of sunshine and fresh air, spring is very welcome. It affords us the luxury of a walk in the sunshine after work or simply sitting outside enjoying a bright sunny day. With that comes the enjoyment of soaking up some sun and much needed vitamin D.

What Vitamin D Does

Most of us think of vitamin D as the sunshine vitamin. We do get it from being in the sun, but we can also get it from a variety of food. There are two kinds of vitamin D: D2 and D3. Vitamin D2 is present in plants like fruit and vegetables (another reason to eat them) while vitamin D3 comes from marine sources like fish. Of the two, vitamin D3 is already present in our bodies, so it has greater bioavailability. Our bodies need to convert vitamin D2 to D3 before it can be used.

Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in the US, especially among certain groups of people and during the winter months. Nearly everyone can benefit from vitamin D supplementation because vitamin D3 plays a crucial role in various bodily functions.  It impacts:

  • Bone health and strength
  • Muscle functionality
  • Skin, which is the body’s largest organ

The benefits of vitamin D3 extend across multiple aspects of well-being, with research indicating its potential in reducing the risks associated with various diseases, such as:

  • Rickets, which affects children
  • Osteomalacia, akin to rickets but observed in adults
  • Respiratory infections
  • Severe fractures which are particularly common among elderly people

Vitamin D also:

  • Enhances immune function
  • Influences mood, alleviating conditions like depression, including seasonal affective disorder
  • Mitigates inflammation

Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D is much more important than most people realize. Research has revealed that a deficiency in vitamin D can elevate the risk of various health conditions, including:

  • Osteoporosis or osteomalacia
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis

Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency appears differently in children and adults. In children, vitamin D deficiency appears as rickets or deformities of the leg bones. Symptoms of adult vitamin D deficiency may include:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Muscle weakness
  • Bone pain
  • Fatigue
  • Moodiness
  • Depression

Certain people are more susceptible to vitamin D deficiency, including those who:

  • Live in areas with limited sunlight and/or long winters
  • Are elderly
  • Are obese or have had weight loss surgery
  • Suffer from conditions such as liver, kidney, or celiac disease
  • Possess higher levels of melanin in their skin (darker skin tones)

Bellissima Med Spa

Bellissima Med Spa in New Paltz, NY can help manage vitamin D deficiencies. A vitamin D deficiency is easily diagnosed through a simple blood test. Even if your vitamin D level falls within a “normal” range, supplementation of it often resolves any symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, and provides greater immunity from common maladies like colds and viruses. Enhancing your vitamin D level allows you to live your best, most energetic life.

We can help you with vitamin D or other vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Call us at (845) 600-5041 for an appointment.

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