If you live on the east coast in the USA, or in a dark environment, chances are that you are!
I consider myself to be a pretty healthy adult, eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, and protein in order to give my body the nutrients that it needs. I've never enjoyed taking supplements, and would rather eat the nutrients that my body needs in food form, rather than pill form, if I can.
Well, I went to the doctor a while ago to figure out the cause of my cold, which actually turned out to be a sinus infection, caused by mild allergies to the dander in my kitty's fur! #SadFace
Anyway, in the process of determining my ailment, the doctor took a blood test. When I got the results back, everything looked good except one thing... my Vitamin D levels were extremely low and downright deficient! I actually wasn't really surprised. I don't drink much milk, and am extremely sensitive to the changes in the weather. So much so that I've been begging for a happy lamp for Christmas, and received one last year! It delivers natural sunlight any time I plug it in, lol, but I haven't felt the need to use it yet, which is awesome seeing that winter is almost over!
The doctor told me that everyone on the east coast is Vitamin D deficient! We just don't get enough sunlight exposure on this part of the country! Which makes me think of the possible truth in the less than "friendly" reputations we east coast citizens have, lol!
But Vitamin D deficiency is no joke! Not only does it effect your mood, but it also weakens your bone structure and muscles, causing osteoporosis and osteomalacia. So I've decided to be proactive by drinking more milk, as well as taking Vitamin D supplements to try and balance out the deficiency. I'm also trying to take advantage of bright sunny days as much as possible to allow my body to absorb natural Vitamin D from the sun.
So just a heads up, if you are living on the east coast, or in a dark environment, chances are you're Vitamin D deficient! Definitely try to be more proactive in getting your daily amount of Vitamin D so that your muscle mass and bones don't weaken too much over time.
Hope this helps guys! See you later!
**I'm a graphic designer not a doctor, so please consult your primary physician before starting to take supplements to see if it's right for you. <3
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