Vitamin D is essential to maintain strong bones and teeth. With our easy just one drop format, we think even the busiest of celebrities can find time to get their daily dose of vitamin D.
One of the most famous celebrities who openly talks about her battle with a vitamin D deficiency is Gwyneth Paltrow. “My doctors tested my vitamin D levels which turned out to be the lowest thing they had never seen — not a good thing.” Gwyneth Paltrow then went on to reveal she is suffering from osteopenia, a thinning of the bones. She closely follows the advice of health guru Dr. Frank Lipman and advocated on her blog Goop for his regimen of vitamins for daily use. Her fave “fab four” includes: vitamin D3, fish oil and probiotics.
Victoria Justice is another celebrity who openly declares that vitamin D is an important part of her daily routine. She mentions how she stays healthy with these supplements. “I take fish oil every single day, as well as vitamin D, magnesium, B complex, vitamin C.”
Are your vitamin D levels low? Take this quiz to help find out. As always, talk to your healthcare practitioner.
If you’re worried about being vitamin deficient, there’s a good chance you could be with no actual symptoms. It may be a good idea to talk to your healthcare practitioner. They may do a blood test to measure the amount of vitamin D in your blood. This will help to see if you’re getting enough vitamin D or not. The blood test you need is called a 25(OH)D blood test. To learn more about vitamin D testing click here.
That’s what happened to Brazilian Celebrity Chef Isa Souza. Her daytime TV show “Isa Vida y Sabor” is all about easy, healthy and tasty meals. After performing a Micronutrients test with her healthcare practitioner, becoming vitamin D deficient came as somewhat of a surprise. Read more about vitamin D recipes here.
“Like most people, I linked symptoms of chronic fatigue to long hours of work and travel- a common mistake in our work-intensive society. Becoming vitamin D deficient was a tough reality check for me. My first signs were chronic fatigue, lack of stamina and motivation; something we all need to get things done.” – Isa Souza
“I take 100-300 mg of chlorophyll and 1000 IU of vitamin D together daily. Taken together, chlorophyll allows for greater vitamin D absorption, which has been shown to impact energy levels. You can also get chlorophyll by consuming leafy green vegetables, fresh green juice drinks, wheat grass or spirulina.” – Montel Williams
“As a single mother it’s important I stay healthy as I have a busy life working and looking after my daughter, Scarlet. I’m interested in a healthy lifestyle. Lack of sunshine can leave us deficient in vitamin D. If you feel particularly tired or lacking energy, it’s worth asking a doctor to test you to see if you need a supplement.” – Melanie Chisolm
Singer Katy Perry was photographed holding some mini bags with her supplements labeled with a capital “B” and a capital “D,” likely meaning she takes vitamin B and vitamin D.
“I’m all the about that supplement & vitamin LYFE.” – Katy Perry.
Vitamin D does the entire body plenty of good, but when running low and not having adequate blood levels of vitamin D, it can definitely complicate things. Ideally a level of 20 nanograms/milliliter to 50 ng/mL is considered adequate for healthy people. A level less than 12 ng/mL indicates vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D is very rarely found naturally in foods and even fortified foods don’t contain enough vitamin D the body needs. The worst part is that most people don’t know they’re deficient until their physician asks questions, or they get a blood test done.
Without sufficient vitamin D levels, bones can become thin, brittle, or easily broken. Vitamin D sufficiency prevents skeletal disorders such as rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect older adults, especially women, from osteoporosis.
Here are some celebrities who have shared their osteoporosis stories:
“It’s like a sort of silent thief who comes along and takes away the health of your bones and then you cannot make the bone become healthy again or strong. It’s too late.”– Ursula Andress
“I always thought that calcium, vitamin D, and exercise would be enough to keep my bones healthy. The good news about osteoporosis is that it is very treatable. “But it is silent and you don’t know it is there unless you are really getting bone density tests and you have either someone looking out for you, like a really good doctor, or you know enough to look out for yourself.” – Sally Field
“I didn’t realize anything was wrong. My American doctor does a health check every year, involving a pap smear and mammogram and that year he suggested a bone density test. I was diagnosed 10 years ago at the age of 53. I think he caught it at the nick of time.” –Britt Eckland
“I initially attributed the numbness in my toe to new shoes, but then it spread to my foot and leg, and I knew there was a problem. I probably stopped in every hospital in every city trying to find out what was going on.”– Walter Williams
“I can’t walk for a long period of time without resting. I cannot run. No superhero roles for me.”– Jamie-Lynn Sigler
“It’s very important that people get aggressive in early treatment.” – Ann Romney
“During a jog in New York’s Central Park, I inexplicably tripped and felt a stabbing pain in my arm. After years of doctor visits without a diagnosis, I finally found out what was ailing me. No one wants to be seen as sickly. And I didn’t want to be pitied.” –Teri Garr
We think vitamin D is a celebrity in itself, but it’s also nice to see health-conscious celebrities setting good examples since they have tremendous power to influence the public. Let’s hope that more people will pay attention to the experiences of their favorite celebrities, and find the personal courage to treat their vitamin D deficiencies by boosting their intake of vitamin D with a supplement like Ddrops® and getting more sunlight when safely possible.
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