Symptoms of Vit D Deficiency & How to Boost Your Level!
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Now last week, I introduced a common-yet-overlooked condition, which is vitamin D deficiency. As you now know, vitamin D is vital to your body’s processes. Let’s now dive a little deeper to learn about the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency and, of course, the actions you can take to prevent or reverse it.
Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency
Actually, most people don’t have any symptoms at all, but what’s alarming is that vitamin D deficiency predisposes you to diseases such as cardiovascular disease.
Some known symptoms are:
- You always get sick – Because vitamin D has an important role in keeping your immune system strong, chances are you easily catch a flu or colds if you have low levels of vitamin D in your blood.
- You feel tired most of the time – It was discovered in a study that women who complained of chronic daytime fatigue and headaches had very low levels of vitamin D and symptoms were resolved after taking a vitamin D supplement.
- You often feel blue – Taking vitamin D supplements has been proven to improve depression including seasonal depression during the colder months.
- You have lower back pain and bone loss – Vitamin D maintains bone health by improving your body’s ability to absorb calcium.
- Your wounds heal slowly – Do you have a wound that takes a long time to heal? You may be low in vitamin D as this vitamin increases the production of compounds that help form new skin in the wound.
- You have hair loss – Vitamin D deficiency is associated with severe hair loss in women and alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease characterized by severe hair loss.
- You have muscle pain – There is a link between low levels of vitamin D and muscle pain because the nerve cells that sense pain have receptors for vitamin D.
Are these familiar to you?
If you or your loved one is experiencing these symptoms, get yourself tested and make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D.
Around 400-800 IU is the recommended daily intake of vitamin D.
So how do you increase your body’s level of vitamin D?
As I said last week, vitamin D is produced through a reaction of UV rays with some form of cholesterol in your skin. I must say that the best source of vitamin D is sunlight.
So the simplest and free way to get vitamin D is to simply go outdoors and expose your skin to sunlight.
Next in line is getting vitamin D from food sources. Did you know that fatty fish and seafood are the best natural sources of vitamin D?
A hundred grams of salmon can actually provide your body with about half of your daily dose!
In addition to salmon, tuna, mackerel, oysters, shrimp, sardines, and anchovies are also rich in vitamin D.
Mushrooms are the only plant-based source of vitamin D, and just like us, they synthesize vitamin D through their exposure to sunlight. Pretty awesome.
Egg yolks from free-range chicken are another great source of vitamin D.
If you seldom consume these foods, there are also fortified food available in the market today. Usually, these products are milk, juice, yogurt, and some other packaged foods which aren’t as healthy.
Vitamin D supplements may be necessary for some and the dosage depends on the severity of the deficiency.
Whether you take natural food sources, fortified foods, or supplements, the important factor in making sure dietary vitamin D is properly absorbed is by taking care of your gut. You can take in lots of Vitamin D, but if you don’t absorb it, it’s no use.
If you get sunlight exposure and you eat the foods I mentioned regularly but your Vitamin D levels are still low, that’s a clue that your gut needs supporting.
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