Do you feel fatigued all the time? Do flu like symptoms hang around much longer and for no apparent reason? Are you irritable at every little noise and occurrence? These are a few of the symptoms that indicate your thyroid may not be functioning properly. It is a condition called hypothyroidism and research shows that there is a link between it and low levels of vitaminD.
A simple blood assay test can be performed to check for the hormones that are produced by the thyroid. If you have the symptoms above or you are currently taking medication for an under active thyroid, then you should investigate what Vitamin D can do for you.
Vitamin D is well known for being produced in the skin as the result of exposure to the sun. That’s why many refer to this essential nutrient as the sunshine vitamin. If you live north of the 37th parallel and have more than 10 weeks of winter, then you are most likely vitamin D deficient during the winter months.
According to the National Institute of Health, the normal active adult need 600 IU (international units) of vitamin D daily. If you spend the majority of your time indoors then you run the risk of not getting enough of the sunshine vitamin.
In addition to getting your vit D from the sun, there are few foods that naturally have Vitamin D in them.
- The flesh of oily fish is probably the best food source of vitamin D. These include tuna, mackerel, salmon and trout.
- Fermented cod liver oil has concentrated amounts of naturally occurring vitamin D and many people use this to supplement their diets instead of eating fish.
- Dairy products such as milk, cheese and egg yolks do have a little vit D in them but do not count on these to fulfill your daily dose of the sunshine vitamin. (think Paleo)
- Grass fed beef and liver also have small amounts of vitamin D.
- Plant sources produce vitamin D2 which is not as effective as vitamin D3 found in the animal sources mentioned earlier. Mushrooms are an example of a plant that has various amounts of vitamin D2.
Most people, including children and infants are deficient when it comes to vit D and don’t even know it. In light of the factors mentioned above, it becomes paramount for a person that is feeling the symptoms of hypothyroidism to have blood work done to determine the levels of vitaminD. If these levels are clinically low, then vit D supplements may be a way back to normal health.