Our Marketing Manager Sara did her first vitamin D test in August 2020 and immediately changed things after a surprising result. In this report she tells us how she felt and what she found out during the self-experiment:
I would describe my lifestyle as sporty and healthy: I make sure that I eat a balanced diet (hardly any meat, mainly regional and seasonal), move a lot, get enough sleep, etc. And actually, I also feel good all around. Sure, typical little things like mood swings, bad days or feeling a bit listless – that happened quite often. When the launch of our new vitamin d rapid self-test came closer and closer, I actually started working on the topic of vitamin D for the first time. During the research at the beginning, I first thought to myself: “Oh yes, it’s nice that vitamin D is supposed to have such an incredible number of influences on our health. Everyone’s getting a little carried away with their vitamin D hype.” So I was very skeptical about vitamin D and its effects.
At the beginning of August I did my first vitamin D rapid test. The test itself was super easy to do, the app guides you through the test, better than any manual. We did the test at the same time with a few colleagues in the office and I was really excited about our results.
When I could finally evaluate the test cassette with my mobile phone after 15 minutes, I had to swallow first. My mobile phone showed me that I had a vitamin D level of 13 ng/ml (32,5 mol/L) – a (rather) severe deficiency! And this in August, when one should produce the most vitamin D in the body? As I said before, I actually have a healthy lifestyle, I am also out in the fresh air a lot – but probably too little time in the sun. (What was almost a bit more annoying, though, was that I had the worst vitamin D value of our whole office. Which was really a bit depressing :D )
After this result I thought a lot about where such a severe deficiency could come from (“How bad will it be in winter?!”). I came to the conclusion that several things played together to cause such a deficiency: a full-time office job, lunch breaks only rarely in the sun and if so, then only with covered skin (i.e. long trousers etc.), exercise in the sun only in the evening (when it is no longer strong enough), weekend activities in the sun always with sunscreen, perhaps a little too little magnesium.
The next question was, how should I change that now? I wanted to work my way up from the worst vitamin D value in our office to the best ;-)
My solution: I immediately take a vacation for the next week and go south! Haha, joking, unfortunately that was not possible ;-) So I had to think of something else. Since the weather was not very good for the next two weeks, sunbathing was not an option. Sure, I could spice up my diet with vitamin D-rich food – but I also didn’t feel like eating only cod liver oil and offal. So the only thing I had left was vitamin D supplements.
But before you should get clarity about your vitamin D level and measure your blood values! Click here for the vitamin D rapid self-test.
In the second part I will tell you about how I started my vitamin D supplements. So if you want to know how I calculated my dosage, chose my vitamin D supplements and what they finally brought me, you can read the next part of my field report!