Many people in Door County may experience health problems because of a lack of vitamin D. Produced primarily through exposure to the sun, Vitamin D works alongside calcium to help with bone density and regulating the immune system, as well as aiding nerve impulses. More recent studies have linked proper vitamin D levels with lowered risk of autoimmune diseases and lower blood pressure. As you age your skin produces less vitamin D naturally when exposed to sunlight so older people are at a higher risk for lower levels. Jody Anderson, a Kewaunee County nurse and health coach, suggests speaking with your doctor about your risk for low vitamin D and whether you should be taking a supplement.
Most foods do not naturally have vitamin D in them but there are some that are fortified with it, like milk and some cereals. Adding these to your diet, especially in the winter, can be a good way to help increase your levels when you are least exposed to the sun.