Vitamin D is very important to the human body. And the lack of vitamin D can cause or exacerbate a whole host of health problems. In fact, a quick bit of research will make it very apparent that the importance of vitamin D is a well-established medical fact. For example, did you know that vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to higher rates of certain types of cancers, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, autoimmune conditions, mood disorders, and skin diseases?
In humans, the most common way that our bodies produce Vitamin D is through exposure to sunlight. Studies have shown that, in northern states like Wisconsin, the shorter days of fall and winter make vitamin D production very difficult. By some estimates, we don’t even get direct enough midday sun to even cause your body to produce enough vitamin D even if you were to get outside in the sun. As a result, many of us living in the northern states are vitamin D deficient.
So what can you do? First of all, you can get your vitamin D levels tested. Routine bloodwork that often accompanies a yearly well visit at your doctor will test for vitamin D in many cases. If you find out your levels are low, your doctor may have advice for you on a supplement you can take. A supplement can do a pretty good job of making up for what your body cannot produce during the lulls of winter.
So get your vitamin D levels tested today. If you are deficient, you may realize several health benefits by working to correct the deficiency.