• Dr. Nicole Knapp

Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun!

However, during the pumpkin spice season, we all need to focus on making sure we keep our vitamin D levels up!

It might sound simple; however, proper vitamin D levels are essential to good health. Vitamin D plays a vital role in keeping the right amount of calcium and phosphorus in your blood. Together, those nutrients are part of what helps keep your bones strong.

When our bodies run on lower levels of vitamin D, our bodies absorb smaller amounts of calcium and phosphorus from our diets. This collective deficiency can cause bones to become brittle and even break more easily.

There are several ways to increase your vitamin D levels naturally. Several foods contain or are fortified with vitamin D like salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna, egg yolks, spinach, kale, okra, and mushrooms.

Studies show that low vitamin-D levels can be a contributing risk factor for heart disease, an issue faced by millions of Americans. Increasing your vitamin D levels has been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes, improve your lung function, help lower blood pressure, and even help reduce the risk of cancers like colon, prostate, and breast cancer.

Individuals who have serious or chronic diseases of the digestive system such as inflammatory bowel, celiac disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and pancreatitis can all damage your body’s ability to use vitamin D. The holistic approach of chiropractic care takes a full-spectrum approach to address your health and provide individual care plans.

Another simple step is increasing your skin's exposure to the sun in moderate, healthy ways. Sunlight causes the cells in the skin to produce vitamin D. Adding in just a 5-15 minutes walk a day in the sunshine can naturally increase your vitamin D levels.

Unlike other vitamins, you can overdose on vitamin D, so knowing your levels and understanding how to improve them is key to correcting any vitamin D deficiency

Contact us at 262-796-5108 to set up a consultation, or stop into our office in Brookfield to talk more. We can also be reached here on Facebook.

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