Vitamin D has been very closely studied over the last 5-10 years and the health effects are far ranging. Vitamin D plays a role in bone health, immune support, neurological function and even helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Dr. Howe routinely evaluates Vitamin D levels through bloodwork in her patients. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to multiple pain syndromes including migraine, neck/back pain and fibromyalgia.
Vitamin D can be obtained from dietary sources including wild salmon, wild tuna, eggs, almonds, tofu and shiitake mushrooms.
How can you get a natural source of Vitamin D in your diet? Check out this recipe for Miso Soup. It has several ingredients that help to boost vitamin D levels, but this recipe is high in sodium so this is not for everyone. You can try low sodium soy sauce and low sodium broth if you are willing to sacrifice a little flavor!