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
- 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,