I remember waking up each day feeling exhausted, emotionally flat and my whole body ached. I felt as though I was 105 years’ old and had to move slowly when I got up in the morning until my body ‘warmed up’. This didn’t seem right for someone in their early 30s!
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. It’s so commonplace that it’s become the ‘norm’ 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 ‘sunshine vitamin’ 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 a vitamin.
Vitamin D is absolutely essential to our health and plays a huge role in the wellbeing of our body’s cells and genes.