Vitamin D testing is incredibly important if you are serious about being healthy.
It is estimated that only 10-15% of the U.S. population have adequate vitamin D levels. Odds are good you are not one of them.
Lucky for us, testing is easy. All you need is a little drop of blood from a finger prick.
You'll want to call your doctor's office to see if they provide this service. Many do not – not yet anyway (doctors are catching on, but SLOWLY). Some insurance companies won't pay for these tests either, so best to find out ahead of time.
You'll want to make sure that you have the vitamin D facts though before that office visit.
Some doctors order the 1,25-dihydroxy-vitamin D test thinking it is the more informative one. But odds are good this test won't show a deficiency even if there is a severe one.
You'll need the more accurate 25-hydroxyvitamin D test. This test is will give you the best overall picture of your vitamin D status.
If your insurance doesn't cover this test(or you don't have insurance), it might be cheaper to order one through the Vitamin D Council. That will save you a doctor visit and give you peace of mind that the right test was done.
Some people choose to test before starting supplementation. Others like to wait a few months after beginning a supplement and adjust their vitamin D dosage after they see the results. It's up to whatever feels best for you.
Whenever you decide to start adding this powerhouse nutrient to your diet, make sure the dosage is high enough and that you are using a natural vitamin D supplement.
And remember, vitamin D receptors have been found all throughout the body, which explains why it impacts so many aspects of our health.
Don't wait for vitamin D deficiency symptoms to crop up before taking this nutrient seriously.