Lately I've been feeling a little "blah." The launch of
my Snack Smart Solutions App in December has been
a whirl wind of marketing and being my own PR agent, topped with
the holidays and family visits.
At the end of 2012 I vowed to take care of me again. I preach to
moms that if we don't take care of ourselves, who will, so I went
to the doctors for a full scale blood work. Yep, the whole
blogged about what to ask for when you get your annual or
bi-annual blood work done, but there were a couple of
tests that my doctor left out: Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. The
results came in, low iron and low Vitamin D levels. I was actually
surprised. I mean, I take 5000iu of Vitamin D3 drops per day! And
any conventional doctor would freak out at me telling me that was
too much because that is way over the Recommended Daily Allowance,
"Nope, not even close," he told me.
"I need you to take 10,000iu per day for the next 3 months and
we'll check your levels again. Since I know you won't take iron
supplements, get your iron through foods and you'll feel better
again. You know what to do Jasmine, see you in three months."
I was shocked! Low iron, low D3, but my Vitamin B12 was
fantastic (Thank you nutritional yeast).
I have been reading about the importance of Vitamin D for years,
way before conventional doctors were beginning to think about it. I
have written close to a dozen articles stating the importance of
supplementing Vitamin D and I am sure my Facebook Friends are tired
of me preaching about it virtually.
To date, almost 40,000 research journals have been published
about how Vitamin D can prevent colds, flus, all types of cancers,
heart disease, lose weight,
prevent preeclampsia, reduce Autism rates, reduce
c-section rates and
gestational vitamin D deficiency, reduce
depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, ADHD, help with
autoimmune diseases, improve bone mass to reduce osteopenia and
bone fractures... need I go on?
I hate to tell you that going in the sun will actually cure all
of your problems. We live in Chicago and in case you haven't
noticed, we only see Mr. Sunshine about 189 days per year, (84
sunny days, 105 partly sunny days to be exact) and if you are
slathering on non-toxic sunscreen (yes, I am one of those moms)
then your ability to absorb the Vitamin D becomes two percent. And
no, milk does not cover it unless you are drinking 8 glasses per
day (anything more than 16 oz can cause anemia in children.
Vitamin D is critical for good health and disease prevention and
the best way to get this is through supplementation. The darker the
skin or the heavier you are the less likely your body is absorbing
it, so testing is crucial.
What is a parent to do? Ask! Ask your doctor for a complete
blood test having them include Vitamin D and B12. Ask your
pediatrician to run the blood work, too. Yes, it sucks holding your
kids down, but they'll thank you later in life.
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