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The Great Health Vitamin: Are You Getting Enough?

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The Great Health Vitamin: Are You Getting Enough?

Do you know which vitamin is imperative to healthy bones and muscles, helps maintain hormone balance, ensures proper sleep, helps the nervous system manage stress, and is even linked to balanced moods?  Both a vitamin and a hormone, there’s a lot more to vitamin D than just getting some sunshine.

Here are some of the symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency:

  • Bow legs or knock knees (rickets)
  • Burning in mouth or throat
  • Constipation
  • Dental cavities or cracked teeth
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Joint pains or bone pains
  • Muscle pains or cramps
  • Nearsightedness or myopia (can’t see distances)
  • Nervousness
  • Osteomalacia or osteoporosis
  • Poor bone development
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

It is not necessary to have all of the symptoms to have a vitamin D deficiency.  Conversely, some of the symptoms above can be linked to other conditions so it is always a good idea to consult a physician if you have any of the symptoms mentioned.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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6:58AM PST on Mar 10, 2012

Thanks for the info. I took a Vit D supplement for the first time this winter and am astonished at the difference it has made.

6:54AM PST on Mar 10, 2012

Good information. Would have liked a sentence stating if you live north of the mason dixson line you need to supplement more due to decreased sun exposure.

5:32AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

thank you....a lot better than some other articles on this topic

8:56AM PST on Jan 20, 2011

I think I need more vitamin D, thanks for posting!

1:46AM PST on Jan 20, 2011

better than what the doctor say and there no after afects

9:28PM PST on Jan 17, 2011

Thank-you for the informative article. Articles I"v read the last several months have shown that we really need more vitamin D than was originally thought. It has been found that some (adults) have been so deficient in vitamin D that they needed to take a prescription strength until their vitamin D levels were back up in the necessary needed normal range. We also need to remember that vitamin D enhances absorption of the mineral Calcium (ie: why milk, a good source of Calcium, is generally enhanced w/ vitamin D) in order to have adequate Calcium levels. Some Calcium supplement preparations have vitamin D in them as well. Personally, especially due to the fact that I don't get out frequently enough to get the sun's benefit, I take 1000mg of vitamin D 2-3 times per day. Remember to check the label(s) if you are taking a multi-vitamin as well as other supplements that contain vitamin D before deciding how much extra vitamin D you need to take. I thank-you for reading this.

9:28PM PST on Jan 17, 2011

Thank-you for the informative article. Articles I"v read the last several months have shown that we really need more vitamin D than was originally thought. It has been found that some (adults) have been so deficient in vitamin D that they needed to take a prescription strength until their vitamin D levels were back up in the necessary needed normal range. We also need to remember that vitamin D enhances absorption of the mineral Calcium (ie: why milk, a good source of Calcium, is generally enhanced w/ vitamin D) in order to have adequate Calcium levels. Some Calcium supplement preparations have vitamin D in them as well. Personally, especially due to the fact that I don't get out frequently enough to get the sun's benefit, I take 1000mg of vitamin D 2-3 times per day. Remember to check the label(s) if you are taking a multi-vitamin as well as other supplements that contain vitamin D before deciding how much extra vitamin D you need to take. I thank-you for reading this.

5:13AM PST on Jan 15, 2011

Helpful info.

2:47PM PST on Jan 11, 2011

I have social phobia and was not going outside enough to get what I needed. Boy, it makes a difference. I take vitamins now. I know I should get real sunshine, but that is just not possible right now.

8:06AM PST on Jan 10, 2011

There has been so much discussion as of late. Oftimes confusing. Thanks for teh facts

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