You may be getting enough sleep, exercising several times a week, eating a healthy, balanced diet, applying sunscreen regularly and making healthy decisions in many aspects of your life. But are you neglecting one important health issue?
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, one billion people across the globe are deficient in Vitamin D. This article discusses the most common signs that you may be Vitamin D deficient – if you suspect you are, contact your doctor or a health specialist. Your insurance may cover a blood test and your doctor can then recommend an appropriate supplement.
Who Is At Risk?
Your body produces Vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight. It can also be found in several foods, including egg yolks, fish liver oil, certain grains, and fortified dairy products. Therefore, women who strictly avoid the sun (homebound individuals, those who live in very northern latitudes, or women who wear religious head coverings or robes in public) may be at risk. Vitamin D deficiency also occurs in those who suffer from milk allergies, or adhere to a very strict vegan diet. (Vegans may miss out on this vitamin from animal-based sources.)
Vitamin D is important for us as it’s critical for maintaining bone strength, and helps our bodies use the calcium we consume in our diet. Vitamin D deficient people are at risk for bone health problems, including rickets and soft bones.
Although researchers still aren’t sure of all the possible issues and complications associated with Vitamin D deficiency, here are a few symptoms:
You’re Lacking Muscle Strength
If you’re suffering from significant (and unusual) unexpected weakness, you may be Vitamin D deficient. Lacking individuals frequently feel exhausted, even if they’re getting their recommended 8 hours of sleep a night. Vitamin D helps us maintain our energy levels and muscle control. This is especially important for women who are over the age of 60, as they may be more suspect to falls.
You Find Yourself Down In The Dumps
A shortage of Vitamin D may cause your mood to drop! Lack of this vitamin may contribute to seasonal depressive order. (Mainly during the winter months.)
Frequent and Excessive Sweat
If you find yourself sweating (even if you’re not exercising) you may be deficient. A sweaty forehead is a common symptom, as is a slightly elevated temperature. Consider a Vitamin D test if that’s the case!
Difficulty Thinking Clearly
If you find yourself in a brain fog, get checked out.
You can take steps to increase your Vitamin D levels! Head outside for 15 minutes of sun exposure a day. Keep in mind that you won’t get all the benefits if you’re sitting in your car or in front of a window, as the beneficial rays can’t penetrate through glass. 15 minutes per day is enough! If you’ll be outside for a longer interval of time, be sure to wear sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful rays.
Maintain Those Healthy Levels!
- Eat foods high in Vitamin D (mentioned above)
- Take a multivitamin
- Get your 15 minutes of sunlight per day