Stop Chronic Pain With This Vitamin

Stop Chronic Pain With This Vitamin

Body feeling a little achy breaky these days? Maybe some extra D in your diet would help put your joints at ease.

Studies suggest that if you are at risk for vitamin D deficiency (and many of us are), you may be at greater risk of chronic pain. But getting your blood levels back up could help set things right.

D Deficiency Hurts
More than 50% of the world's population suffers from low vitamin D, research shows. And people with chronic pain are significantly more likely to be D deficient. But fortunately, it seems that chronic pain might be resolved if they get their levels back up to normal. So if you've been suffering from unexplained muscle or bone pain, consider getting your D levels checked.

Delightful D
Much more research is needed to confirm the link between low vitamin D and chronic pain. Still, we already know that getting too little of this essential nutrient may be tied to a host of other health problems, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and certain kinds of cancer. So give your health a safety net by getting your D. Here's how:

  • Bask a little. The sun is one of the best sources of vitamin D because it helps your body synthesize the nutrient. Follow the YOU Docs' advice on how much sun is safe.
  • Savor some salmon. This lean and healthful source of protein is high in D -- as are fortified fruit juices, milk, cereals, and soy products.
  • Swallow a supplement. Getting all of the D you need from food alone can be a challenge. Here's how a supplement will help.

Put pain to rest with this relaxation technique.

Medically reviewed in February 2020.

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