Vitamin D Deficiency
I try to take my vitamins, however, I’m not usually consistent. Living with hypothyroidism means I have deficiencies in nutrition even though I eat my fruits and veggies. My doctor occasionally does blood work to test for vitamins I may be deficient in. Vitamin D almost always comes up. For awhile I was taking 5,000IU a day but again I wasn’t consistent. I came up short again in December. She wanted me to start taking 2,000IU a day. She also wanted me to start taking 1,000 Mcg of folic acid a day and actually prescribed it for me. I didn’t know much about folic acid except that it was important for women trying to get pregnant. I did do some research and found a lot of info but I’ll write more on that later.
For many years I had taken magnesium (inconsistently) because I had learned that it was good for headaches/migraines. I deal with both of these, although I believe my diet and supplements have really reduced my migraines. Later I learned magnesium is good for sleep which was great because I used to be awesome at sleeping, then I got pregnant. Even after my son was sleeping through the night, I wasn’t. Once again I started making sure to take magnesium every night and I started sleeping better. Yay!!! Eventually I fell off the wagon again but I was sleeping ok so it wasn’t a big deal. Until I wasn’t sleeping well, probably due to the stress of buying a fixer upper. So I got back on the wagon and have been fairly consistent for about 6 months now.
The Importance of Serving Size
I had never noticed the magnesium I was taking was only 200mg per pill. The serving size was two pills and I was only taking one. I tend to do that with supplements, just take one pill without looking at serving size. When my sister was visiting she happened to point it out to me because she forgot her magnesium and wanted to take some of mine. I only gave her one and she said “is that the serving size?”. I had turned her on to the supplement because she hadn’t been sleeping well and now she did me a favor by actually checking the label. Now I have a different supplement and it is 400mg per pill so I only have to take one and I always take it right before bed.
I’m not sure why but I did some research on magnesium after the serving size mixup. I think it was due to trying to get my mom to take magnesium too because she has hypothyroidism and sleep problems as well. In my research I discovered that magnesium is important for vitamin D absorption. This Huffington Post article is helpful for understanding how the two supplements work together. I haven’t had my vitamin levels retested yet but I have a feeling they will be improved. That is, as long as I keep taking them and taking them when I should. Below is a helpful graphic I found on Pinterest from Ben Greenfield Fitness to help you to know what time of day to take all your supplements.