Importance of Vitamin D | Portland, Oregon

It’s fall, and in Portland, Oregon, particularly the western half, that means that it’s about to get gloomy and rainy for the next few months.  While this can impact a number of things, the things that we will focus on are fitness and health related.  People do abandon their cardiovascular regimens in the fall and winter, probably because it’s hard to talk yourself into a run when it’s raining than it is, but that’s a relatively easy fix; go inside or get wet.  However, there is one thing that is often overlooked by people in the northwest, which can have serious health impacts, and that is the intake of Vitamin D.Now, I’m not sure if you can overdose on Vitamin D, and that’s not really the issue at hand.  Most people who live in cloudy climates like Oregon are deficient in Vitamin D.  We primarily get the vitamin from the sun, something that none of us see very much in the winter, either because we are indoors the whole time or because it’s cloudy.  Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption, which can affect bone density, and deficiencies in it have even been linked to Seasonal Affect Disorder. That means that it is important to take supplements in order to continue absorbing calcium and potentially stay happy.Many processed foods (such as milk) are fortified with Vitamin D, which means that your intake won’t drop to zero during the darker months, but it never hurts to get a bottle of supplements at a pharmacy, just to make sure that your D levels stay normal.  As with most things concerning your body, it’s better to err on the side of caution and make sure you have sufficient levels.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241