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Ok, I’ll admit it – I subscribe to Gwyneth Paltrow’s newsletter, GOOP. I actually like it most of the time. Like anything, I take what works for me and leave the rest to someone else. I like a lot of her recipes, travel ideas and health tips. Which brings me to this week’s newsletter “Vitamin D.” Gwyneth and I have more in common than I thought.
This is a very timely newsletter not only for me, but for every woman. Months ago, I had written a post about my health. I had written that my joints were hurting more than normal (for me), that I was feeling seriously out of whack and felt like an old woman. I blamed it on a wonky thyroid that my former doctor refused to treat. Little did I know that it was more than my thyroid — so much more.
Long story short, two months ago I underwent a rash of blood tests. One of those tests (after the constant push by my dearest friend) was for my Vitamin D levels. I have never, ever had this checked before. My former doctor never tested for it, it was never suggested and frankly, I didn’t know anything about it until my girlfriend started talking about it.
The first test result I received, almost immediately, was my Vitamin D test. Typically, levels should be between 50 – 100. Shockingly, my levels were 8. Yes, I was about out of Vitamin D3. My new doctor said “she had never seen levels that low.” Gwyneth’s doctor said the same thing. This statement is becoming increasingly common.
I grew up at the beach. I surfed, roller skated and did all those outdoorsy things. Up here, we hike, camp, and I shoot, again all outdoorsy things. You would think I’d get enough Vitamin D. Nope — we are a nation of long pants/shirts, hats and sun-screened folks. In our attempt to protect our skin (and we should), we are blocking out a critical vitamin needed for our bodies. Having a long, neurotic winter this year didn’t help either.
As I mentioned, my new doctor was shocked at how low my levels are and prescribed me a high daily dose of Vitamin D3 immediately for now, along with brief forays out into the sun. Within a week, I started feeling better (not great, but better) from the daily dose of Vitamin D3. Since our weather has settled down the past week or so, I can finally get my natural dose. It’s been one month and seriously, the difference is incredible. She is also treating my wonky thyroid (finally!) and that should help as well.
Ladies (gents & kids as well), we need to have our levels checked early on…20’s are not too young, 50’s are not too late. Having healthy vitamin D levels will save your bones from thinning out and possibly keep you from getting osteoporosis. It will keep your organs and glands healthy. It will keep you from being exhausted, diabetic and a host of other things.
There are a slew of websites on Google that I visited in my search for symptoms of Vitamin D deficiencies. The information in the GOOP newsletter is spot on. I encourage you to read the newsletter, do your own investigation and then talk to your doctor and get your levels checked.