ABC…what? No D?

I don’t mind telling you that in the last 5 or 6 years, my once long, thick, and (in my own mind) luxurious hair started to get dry, brittle and thin. No, really thin, as in falling out. The worse it got the more concerned I became. I started taking B vitamins, ate more jello, bought some better shampoo, stopped using certain hair ties, but nothing really helped. It was a losing battle, literally.

And if the hair loss wasn’t worrisome enough, I suffered from much more joint pain over the last year and I seemed to become more injury prone. I gotta be honest with you, at first I chalked it up to getting older because that’s what happens right? Or so we’ve been told and so I just thought it was normal. I’m losing a little hair and my joints are achy, so what? I just have to set my alarm a half an hour earlier so I can hobble to the bathroom and then say a prayer that I’d be able to run…..without a cane.

Im old
Okay, maybe it wasn’t that bad but it wasn’t good either. Something was definitely wrong in Denmark.

If you read my blog you may know that I also suffer from allergies and based on that fact I recently had some food allergy testing. I found out that I was allergic to wheat and soy and a few other things. My body reacts by attacking the allergen and then by producing histamines. The histamines cause an allergic reaction resulting in sneezing and itchy, watery eyes among other things, so it is better for me to avoid them.

Based on the food allergy findings and the fact that vitamin deficiency is common in patients who have them, my doctor decided to test me for vitamin deficiencies as well. She said that in people with food allergies that have gone undiagnosed for long periods of time, the stomach can be damaged and has a hard time absorbing vitamins and she felt that might be the problem. Turns out I do have a Vitamin D deficiency.

Did you know that vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many diseases including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, depression and even multiple sclerosis and from what my doctor said, it’s a common deficiency! It also causes thinning hair and joint pain. Go figure! And I thought I was just getting old.

Today is not that day!

Today is not that day!

So for almost a month now I’ve been taking vitamin D and Magnesium supplements (because Magnesium is essential for you to get the benefits of Vitamin D). It may take several months to get back up to the levels I should be at but I can already feel a slight difference. I’m nowhere near where I should be, but I do sort of feel like a superhero some days.
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Unfortunately, we do tend to lose a little hair as we get older and we also tend to suffer from achy joints and we might also have a little more soreness than we used to, but don’t just chalk that up to getting old. Get it checked out.

Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent and it can have series effects on your health. My tests revealed almost no traceable evidence of Vitamin D! I wish I would have known about this sooner because it may take a full year for my hair to start to recover.

You can go here to find out about the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency. I am not expert and only your doctor can tell you if you are deficient but if you feel you may be, get tested.

Now, my joints are feeling jumpy so I’m going for a run!

Do you have any vitamin deficiencies that you’re aware of?
Do you have food allergies?
Ever been tested for either of these things?

8 thoughts on “ABC…what? No D?

  1. See, this is why I usually only put sunscreen on my face 😉
    I haven’t been getting enough sun lately during the week. I need to make an effort to get some more.

    Do you use sunscreen on your arm and legs when you run?

  2. My Mom has a vitamin D deficiency, and her supplements have helped her a lot! She had been really tired all the time, but now she has a lot more energy. I live in New Hampshire, and in the winter it’s so dark and cold that we simply don’t get out enough to soak up the vitamins from the sun!
    My only food allergy that I know of is shrimp, I get sick minutes after trying to eat it. I also can’t eat beef without getting sick, but I’m not sure if it’s an allergy or more of an intolerance. I’m also allergic to most sunscreens – which stinks because I have very fair skin!

    • Oh wow, I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t wear sunscreen, living in Florida, it’s a must. I am also allergic to shrimp, all shellfish actually, it sends me to the hospital within minutes. Glad to hear your Mom is feeling better! 🙂

  3. I also have low Vitamin D. I found out completely by accident when I decided to be a grownup and have normal things like my cholesterol checked for the first time ever a few months ago. The biggest changes I’ve noticed since adding the supplement are in my energy and mood. I have to have it checked again in a few months, but I’m so glad I’m finally getting it fixed!

    • I’m so glad you did too. I have already noticed my energy levels are better and I can’t wait to see what they’re like in a few months 🙂 It’s crazy how much a little vitamin can affect you, isn’t it?

  4. My husband researched vitamin D deficiency a while back and he swore it would change my life if I started taking it. He went and got tested, I thought he was nuts..turns out he was low! I need to get tested but I did start taking 2k IU’s a day (some days I forget)
    One of the things he told me was that we can’t possibly get enough from the sun! You live in Florida and you’re outside all the time! If that’s not proof I don’t know what is! Haha

    I just read another post about vit D. It was at NuttyAboutHealth.com

    My hair has been so brittle lately, I wonder if that’s what’s going on?…

    • Get tested. If it is a problem you need to find out now because vitamin D is responsible for many things but it also affects your heart health. It can’t hurt to go find out…right? Let me know how it goes.

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