Your body relies on vitamins to function efficiently, and one of the most important is vitamin D. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and plays many critical roles in your body. This nutrient is found in salmon, egg yolks, mushrooms, and sunshine and has a plethora of health benefits. Some people may not get adequate vitamin D from their diets, so it's important to have your Vitamin D levels checked. Here are a few benefits of vitamin D.

Reasons You Need Vitamin D

1. Strong Bones


Your bones protect your organs and support your body. Calcium and phosphorus strengthen bones, and vitamin D helps maintain high levels of each. Vitamin D helps children develop strong bones and reduces the chances that adults will develop osteoporosis, a debilitating bone density condition that can cause immobility.

2. Improved Immune System

Vitamin D is known to play a strong role in proper functioning of your immune system. Vitamin D has both anti-inflammatory and immune regulating properties. Studies have shown an association between low Vitamin D levels and increased susceptibility to infection and autoimmune disorders.

There are several indicators that you should check your Vitamin D levels. You may become sick more often, feel chronically fatigued, or experience bone loss. After testing, your healthcare professional can provide recommendations for how much of this nutritional supplement you should take.

3. Risk factors for deficiency

Data shows that people who are overweight tend to have lower vitamin D levels. Elderly individuals are less able to absorb Vitamin D through their skin.  Those who avoid sun exposure - staying indoors, wearing protective clothing outdoors, or using sunscreen - are also at increased risk of deficiency. Vitamin D levels tend to decrease through winter months in many parts of the country where sunlight is diminished. People with dark skin or those who have low dietary Vitamin D intake should also monitor their levels through a simple blood test.


If you'd like to discuss nutritional supplements or have your vitamin D levels checked, contact Broeg Chiropractic & Nutrition Center. This Florence, KY, practice offers comprehensive nutritional counseling and chiropractic solutions for rehabilitation. Call (859) 525-2020 to schedule a consultation, or visit their website to learn about chiropractic adjustments, dry needling, and other services they may include in your custom treatment plan.