Category Archives: Vitamins and Supplements

Vitamin D, Demystified (part 2)

How you get Vitamin D

Where you live in the country makes a difference in how much Vitamin D you are exposed to. You may only get enough Vitamin D exposure from May to October. The darker your skin is, the longer you need to be exposed to the sun to make enough Vitamin D.

If you were an SPF of 15 or higher, you will not be able to get any Vitamin D from the sun.  The experts are saying that the Parabens in sun block can cause cancer, so look for a Paraben free sunscreen or just use your common sense on how long to stay out in the sun. Broad brim hats and light layers can help avoid the need for sunscreen.

You need to be out in the sun long enough for your skin to turn lightly pink. This depends on your skin tone, your age, and how much of your skin is exposed. Some people say that you would have to be in your birthday suit on the Equator at high noon to get enough sun. The best way to know is get your levels tested in your blood, and ask your health care practitioner how much you need to take to replete your levels. The average person needs between 4,000-5,000 IU a day or maybe more. I have to take 10,000 IUs a day to maintain normal levels. You should get your Vitamin D levels rechecked about 8-12 weeks after starting your Vitamin D.

Stayed tuned….in my next post I will wrap up my Vitamin D update!

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley

Vitamin D, Demystified

Vitamin D, Demystified

Vitamin D deficiency has become a world wide problem!  Vitamin D is responsible for many complicated functions in our bodies and a shortage of it can cause many problems. Vitamin D is a very important in keeping your Immune System healthy and working right.

A deficiency of Vitamin D can cause:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of a heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Joint pain
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain
  • The list goes on and on…

You should ask your health care practitioner to check your Vitamin D level at your next office visit. If you don’t have a visit scheduled, you need one.

In my next post I will talk about how much Vitamin D you need to take and where to get it.

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley

Optimizing Your Nutrition

Achieving Vibrant Health

I could rephrase everything in this wonderful article by Dr. Mark Hyman, but instead I’m going to post the link and you can read it for yourself.  I think it will really open your eyes, as I know it did mine.

Dr. Mark Hyman – How to Optimize Your Nutrition and Achieve Vibrant Health

That’s all for today.

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley

Vitamin D

Do you know your Vitamin D level?

Vitamin D is needed to build and maintain strong, healthy bones.  The amount of Vitamin D in a typical daily multivitamin is usually only 400 IU on average, but your body may require as much as 4000 IU daily or more.  In a recent study, more than 50% of women receiving medication to treat osteoporosis had low Vitamin D levels.

Be sure that your doctor follows your Vitamin D levels, as it is very important for other functions in our bodies.  (More information on that subject in a future post).  Also be sure that you take your Vitamin D with a meal that contains some fat, as it will help with absorption.

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley