New York City
215-259-5831
Marlton, NJ
856-422-2256
Bryn Mawr, PA
215-259-5831
 

Health, Happiness & Harmony In Integrative Medicine. Get Started Today! 

Vitamin D Basics

by Christine M. Surrey, DO, CFMP

Vitamin D, also known as "The Sunshine Vitamin" is vital to obtaining optimal health. Unfortunately, deficiency of this vitamin is on the rise, and it is rarely detected unless it is checked for with a blood test.

There are three ways to get vitamin D. The first is from the sun. Vitamin D3 is made in the body when bare skin is exposed to ultraviolet light. Unfortunately, sunscreen blocks much of vitamin D3 production. How much sun exposure a person needs every day varies greatly depending on season, time of day, cloudiness of sky, amount of skin exposed, and color of skin. The more pigmented skin is, the longer it must be exposed to sun before adequate vitamins are produced. It takes less time to make vitamin D than it does to burn, so no need to damage the skin in this process!

The other two ways to get vitamin D are by ingesting them. Some foods, such as liver, fatty fish, and egg yolks, are naturally good sources of this vital vitamin. Of course, only organically raised animals should be used as sources of food. Also, some foods are fortified with vitamin D, such as orange juice and cereals. Finally, vitamin D3 supplements are an excellent source.

Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to cancer, dementia, muscle pain, weakness, infertility, heart disease, dental disease, mood disorders, diabetes, psoriasis, hypertension, and other health problems. With a list that long, it is amazing that all patients are not tested every year! Once a deficiency is found, it can easily be treated by a knowledgeable physician with oral and/or injectable forms of the vitamin. If you don't know your vitamin D level, ask your doctor to get tested today. Your health depends on it. Please call our office at 856-802-6888 if you would like to set up an appointment with me.

Let us all find great health... Naturally!

Contact Us

  • Email*a valid email address
    0
  • Name*full name
    1
  • Phone*Number
    2
  • Comments*Please write message here
    3
  • 4
 
Sign Up for a free chapter of Facing East
Tao Integrative Medicine Marlton
999 Rt.73 North, Suite 200 08053 Marlton NJ
Acupuncture
Mental Health Care
Holistic Medicine
Nutrition
Tao Integrative Medicine Bryn Mawr
14 S. Bryn Mawr Ave, Suite 101 19010 Bryn Mawr PA
Acupuncture
Mental Health Care
Holistic Medicine
Nutrition
Tao Integrative Medicine Philadelphia
Acupuncture
Mental Health Care
Holistic Medicine
Nutrition
Tao Integrative Medicine New York
119 West 57th Street, Suite 212 10019 New York NY
Acupuncture
Mental Health Care
Holistic Medicine
Nutrition