Something I’d like to talk about today, its something that I cannot stress enough and you should probably get with your doctor if you suspect you have any kind of deficiency…. Vitamins. Vitamins are what makes our bodies repair itself, boost our immune systems, and just basically make itself run efficiently with the food we consume. Now before you say that you can’t get vitamins because you are a vegetarian or vegan, let me educate you. They do make vitamins in a form for vegetarians now and have for quite a few years. Sometimes one person needs more vitamins and minerals than another for whatever reason while some need less. If you want to take a multivitamin, feel free. With a few exceptions like magnesium, your body will expel what it doesn’t need through your kidneys and bladder.
Trust me, as we get older or exercise more the more vitamins and minerals and sometimes herbs we need. Yeah, you heard me correctly. We do you think doctors have been scurrying to get women to take more calcium and vitamin D? Its not just to prevent osteoporosis. Calcium and vitamin D are good for your well being too.
If you get the recommended daily amount for your age, it could help you lose weight or help you from putting on more weight barring other complications. Someone from the age of 19 to the age of 50 should be getting 1000 mg of calcium a day. However the upper limit on how much calcium you intake is 2500 mg. There are foods besides daily products like broccoli and kale that can assist with you intake. Its important if you are feeling weak as calcium as helps with muscles, nerves, tendons, and other parts of the body as well as bones to keep track of what you are taking so that when you report to your doctor they know what you are taking.
I’ve mentioned vitamin D earlier in this post and some of my previous ones. Some might want to know exactly what this is. Well the easiest explanation is that it helps absorption of calcium into your blood so you can use it better. What most don’t know is it helps your heart, brain and lungs work as well as your immune system. It also helps your gut with calcium too. Many of us can get the vitamin D from exposure to sunlight BUT and this is a big but, with the now known existence of skin cancer we’ve reduced our exposure to sunlight so we now have to take supplements to make up for that lessening of exposure. There is a good and bad side of everything as you can see. It also has some anticancer properties as well and helps your brain as I mentioned earlier. Not enough vitamin D in us adults causes a condition called osteomalacia and rickets in kids which is basically a condition with brittle and soft bones.
Something to remember though, scientists still don’t know every thing that Vitamin D does for us but it is really important to get enough of it. If your not sure, ask your doctor. They can do a blood test to find out.
As to how much you can take, the recommended safe leve is 4000 IU per day with a minimum of 600 IU per day (IU means International Units). If you get little or no sun exposure according to the last link at the bottom, you should be getting 2000 IU per day. So if you hardly go outside, you need a lot more than that chick who stays outside with her dog a lot. If you stay at the beach, you can probably get away with 600 IU or less. But I’m not a doctor or nutritionist, I’m only going by the articles. If you are not sure what you need, please seek your doctor’s advice. They should be able to tell you how much you need.
The main thing is while you are adapting that healthy lifestyle, make sure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals as well as any herbs like cranberry you may need. It might be the reason you are not feeling well. And as I’ve said before and I cannot stress enough, if you are not sure if you are getting enough or how much you should take, please speak with your doctor. They can advise and adjust what you need.
Love and Hugs,