I'm terrible about going to the doctor. I'm much more of a wait-it-out-and-maybe-it-will-go-away-on-its-own type girl, especially when it comes to colds, flu's, or injuries. It's even harder to drag me to the doctor for a "yearly" physical, especially when I'm feeling healthy.
However, as it's been almost 5 years since my last general physical, I decided it couldn't hurt to be checked out. Turns out an annual physical these days pretty much involves going to the doctor's office, sitting around for 25 minutes, filling out a form, confirming your answers on the form verbally with a nurse practitioner, having your weight, height and blood pressure (90/55 - yo, yo, yo, wass 'up runners?) taken, and having blood drawn. All for a total of about 15 minutes in the doctor's office. Then they shoo you away and say they'll call you when the blood work comes in.
They called today and I'm happy to report all numbers are good, with the exception of one. I apparently have, as a personal trainer friend of mine classified it, a "freaky-low" number for my Vitamin D. The acceptable range for Vitamin D is 30-100. My number is 17.6.
I looked up some of the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency and the only one that really rang a bell is difficulty sleeping. I've had a terrible time sleeping for the last month. It takes literally hours to fall asleep and then I wake up at 3 am, wide awake. The cats enjoy the new sleep cycle. Me, not so much.
The nurse practitioner is prescribing a 50,000 (you read that right) unit capsule that I'll take once a week for 12 weeks. Then I'll go back in for more blood work.
On the bright side, from the little reading I've done, it seems that once a person's Vitamin D is upped, they feel much stronger in their workouts. I'm curious to see if this holds true for me because I've actually felt great in my workouts lately. I've been posting some of my fastest times ever for intervals and tempo runs. Maybe the added Vitamin D will be like adding the superhero jet pack and I'll be off like a shot. Someone sign me up for a race. :)
The "natural" options for getting Vitamin D in your system are time in the sun, cod liver oil, herring, tuna in oil, and some dairy.
Right. If you need me, I'll be on a beach, basking in the sun. All in the pursuit of health.