Ho’ws your happy vitamin?

When I applied for disability the first time, when only one eye was blind from MS, I saw a psychiatrist who mentioned new studies about auto immune diseases and Vitamin D. He said many believed that those with auto immune need more Vitamin D than what is considered “within normal limits”. I ran it by my doctor at the time and I happened to have a great tan. She said that judging by my tan, I was probably getting enough, but she tested me anyway. I was “within normal limits”.

I recently had lab work and I am now Vitamin D deficient, so my doctor has put me on a supplement of 1,000 mg daily.

I decided to look up the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency and holy cow. Fatigue, muscle weakness and pain, sleep problems, depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder and on and on…

The article specifically mentions MS as a disease where low Vitamin D gets nasty.

And guess what? If you use sunscreen 15 spf or higher, you’re not getting your sunshine vitamin. 15spf. That’s a low sunscreen. Even if you’ve got a nice tan, you might still be deficient. The article even says that people with darker skin have a harder time absorbing Vitamin D. And tanning beds don’t count; they don’t put out the right kind of light.

So how’s your fatigue? How’s your mood? PMS really bad? Muscle weakness? How are you sleeping? Do you wear sunscreen? Do you get migraines?

Go read this. Do it. Do it for me. Let’s conquer the spoons. I don’t care if you don’t have an auto immune. Vitamin D is important for women. It might even help with certain kinds of cancer. Take a calcium supplement with Vitamin D? Great, but it still might not be enough.

Don’t just run out and get supplements without a physician’s advice. But take a look at the link. Today is the second day I’m on the supplement and I can’t wait to see what it might improve.

Oh yeah, Vitamin D aids in weight loss. There, did that motivate you?

Go give it a read. That’s not the only information on it, so check out the other links on the page.

I’m happy I’m getting more happy vitamin!


Filed under doc, mental health, spoons

7 Responses to Ho’ws your happy vitamin?

  1. Wow! I hope the happy vitamin can help you. God it’s hard when multiple things can cause similar symptoms.

  2. Ro

    Yeah, but if MS spoons = 1 and Vitamin D deficienty spoons =1 then tha’ts 2 spoons so if you add Vitamin D that’s only 1 spoon. Make sense? 😉

  3. I think so. but I think my mental spoons fell down a hole. Looong day.

  4. RP

    Hi Ro,
    Curious. You live in Arizona. Why not just spend more time outside, instead of taking a supplement? I live in SoCal and don’t use sunscreen and am outside at least 30 minutes a day and that’s only if all I do is relieve my dog. A regular day when we are out and about gives me a lot more than that. And I’m very fair skinned. Now, does that mean I’m going to get skin cancer? Maybe I just answered my own question about the supplement, grin.

    Either way, I really hope you see an improvement.


  5. Ro

    I’m outside enough, but not enough I guess? Vitamin D absorbtions is different for everyone according to the article, and I think my doctor gets that I need more, as research is coming out about Vitamin D and auto immune. Plus, especially in winter months, even when you’re out, you’re bundled up, so there’s not much skin left to be exposed to the sun. In the summer here it’s so hot and heat is bad for MS, that I go from inside to a vehicle to inside lol.

    So it’s all gonna depend on how much you’re out, how much you wear, etc lol.

    The article talks about sun exposure and cancer and the risks, sooo, who knows who will be low on the vitamin, who might get skin cancer and who might not, it’s all a crap shoot.

  6. I’ve been reading “The Well Dressed Ape”, and early on the author refers to a compelling theory that explains the range of skin colours humans have.

    Sunlight is great for Vitamin D, but also causes folate to break down. The darkness of people’s skin is essentially calibrated to maximize both chemicals, based on the sunlight available where their ancestors evolved. The exception that proves the rule is Eskimos; they get plenty of vitamin D from their fish-rich diet, so they can afford to be dark-skinned, even with limited sun exposure.

  7. Interesting. I have a light that is in my office that is supposed to simulate this principle of the effects of Vit. D. Great article.

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