P M S  &   Vitamin D ? 

Do you struggle with symptoms of PMS? Might be time to check your vitamin D level!

An interesting study just came out in this month’s Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics about vitamin D and PMS. The findings suggest that inadequate vitamin D status may be associated with an increase in the severity of some PMS symptoms (although not all of them).

If you struggle with PMS and are looking for a natural solution that could also help boost your overall health, addressing your vitamin D status might help.

Vitamin D supports so many important systems in the body, including:

  • Bone health
  • Immune function
  • Neuromuscular function
  • Modulation of cell growth
  • Reduction of inflammation

Vitamin D is produced in the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight. But sometimes sun exposure isn’t enough, especially for those of us who:

  • Live in northern climates
  • Get little sun exposure
  • Wear a lot of sunscreen

I am always in favor of meeting nutrient needs through FOOD FIRST (not supplements). Vitamin D is naturally present in only a few foods, which include:

  • Mushrooms!! (my personal fave)
  • Fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel)
  • Egg yolks
  • Cheese
  • Fortified foods like milk, orange juice & ready-to-eat breakfast cereals

The RDA for vitamin D is 600 IU for adults. If you can’t keep your vitamin D levels in a normal range through sun exposure and food sources, talk to a dietitian and see if a supplement makes sense for you…

Cheers and warmest wishes for good health,

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