Love me some D!Posted: October 16, 2011
So, you may wonder why my blog is named Vitamin De. Okay, I know it’s obvious in reasons that my name is De and it’s a blog about healthy living but what you don’t know (don’t worry, I’m just about to tell you) is that my favorite vitamin is D. You may think it’s odd to have a favorite vitamin but I credit good old Vitamin D for pretty much saving my life. Maybe, just maybe, I’m being a little dramatic, but seriously, between the “D” and changing the way I eat, I conquered my fibromyalgia. Take that, fibro!
Vitamin D: A steroid vitamin, which promotes the intestinal absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus. Under normal conditions of sunlight exposure, no dietary supplementation is necessary because sunlight promotes adequate vitamin D synthesis in the skin. Deficiency can lead to bone deformity (rickets) in children and bone weakness (osteomalacia) in adults. MedicineNet.com
So quickly, (cause nobody wants to read super long blogs) I was diagnosed with fibro, docs tried some different drugs (they didn’t work) and I was barely getting by with my day-to-day activities when my husband and I moved to England, the docs here tested my Vitamin D levels (super common to have a deficiency here in jolly old England) and found that I was deficient. I started taking the prescribed mega doses and within a couple of weeks, BAM, I felt like a whole new person! I took the mega doses weekly for around 6 months and now I take them every other week. AND….that’s why my favorite vitamin is D. :)
Vitamin D deficiency symptoms: Vitamin D deficiency may be characterized by muscle pain, weak bones/fractures, low energy and fatigue, lowered immunity, symptoms of depression and mood swings, and sleep irregularities. Women with renal problems or intestinal concerns (such as IBS or Crohn’s disease) may be vitamin D deficient because they can neither absorb nor adequately convert the nutrient. http://www.womentowomen.com/healthynutrition/vitamind.aspx
Hope you all have a GREAT week!