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Before finding out I had a milk allergy, I drank milk quite a bit. To my defense, I didn't know it was the milk making me sick! My body was constantly on attack mode, so it seemed like anything I ate or drank would make me sick and itchy, not to mention I felt like I had a year round cold. After going dairy free, I started to feel much better (I can't even explain), but I realized there might be a little problem. Cow's milk is very rich invitamins and nutrients, which I was suddenly lacking. I love my leafy greens, so I wasn't too worried about the calcium, but there are other important things found in cow's milk, such as Vitamin D.
The most important role of vitamin D, is to aid in calcium absorption. That's why calcium and vitamin D kind of go together (in my mind anyway). Since I wouldn't touch milk while I was growing up, I'm trying to make up for the lost calcium and vitamin D now. No one wants osteoporosis! Plus, sunlight helps the body produce vitamin D. I live in New England, so you can do the math.
I've never really been one to take vitamins. I mean, I took Flintstones vitamins when I was little if that counts... but I am trying to get in the habit of taking vitamins daily. For obvious reasons, I'm taking vitamin D3. My favorite brand is Nature Made, and I particularly love the adult gummies. I know, I'm a child. But I hate swallowing pills! I feel as though I'm less likely to take vitamins every day if I had to take them in pill form. So if you're looking for a good vitamin D3, I would definitely try these ones!
I'm going to wrap it up now, but I just want to mention something that I feel some people
like me may not realize. You can totally OD on vitamins. I mean, it's not going to have the same effects as if you OD'd on a drug, but it can make you very sick. If you're deficient in a certain vitamin, then by all means take it! But it's a good idea to talk to your doctor before you start taking vitamins that are higher than...well, a Flintstones level.