I remember waking up each day feeling exhausted, emotionally flat and my whole body ached. I felt as though I was 105 yearsâ€™ old and had to move slowly when I got up in the morning until my body â€˜warmed upâ€™. This didnâ€™t seem right for someone in their early 30s! Â
A diagnosis of a vitamin D deficiency and a month of hefty doses of supplements later, and I had my energy back, the aching bones and muscles had all but gone and the dark head fog had lifted. I felt like a new person, subhanAllah.
I think the majority of Muslim women I know are vitamin D deficient. Itâ€™s so commonplace that itâ€™s become the â€˜normâ€™ and not something we take even half as seriously as we should given the serious health effects of low vitamin D.
SO, WHAT IS VITAMIN D?
Vitamin D, the â€˜sunshine vitaminâ€™ is produced from cholesterol when our skin is exposed to sunlight (UVB rays are absorbed by 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin which causes a chain reaction resulting in the production of vitamin D3). Because of this, experts actually consider it more of a hormone than aÂ vitamin.
Vitamin D is absolutely essential to our health and plays a huge role in the wellbeing of our bodyâ€™s cells and genes.Â