Feeling tired or depressed? Read the 5 signs of vitamin D deficiency and see if you need help. Learn the symptoms and some easy ways to get vitamin D back in your life!
Most of us know Vitamin D as the sunshine vitamin. What many of us don’t realize, however, is what a big part it plays in maintaining our health. With almost three-quarters of adults and teens in the US suffering from Vitamin D deficiency, that’s cause for concern.
Recently, I found out first hand just why Vitamin D is so important. I went to my doctor complaining of low energy, mood swings, and brittle hair expecting to hear the usual “stress less” pep-talk. Instead, she suggested checking my Vitamin D levels. I was sceptical. Surely all those symptoms couldn’t be explained by my strained relationship with the sun. How wrong I was!
Vitamin D plays a vital role in supporting our overall health and well-being. For example, without Vitamin D, the body struggles to absorb calcium, which can result in bone density problems such as a rickets and osteoporosis. Research has also found a link between Vitamin D deficiency and a whole host of other scary health problems, such as weight gain, depression, heart disease and even various forms of cancer. Yikes!
Now that we know just how important Vitamin D is for our bodies, let’s take a quick look at some of the biggest risk factors.
Even if these high risk factors don’t apply to you, it’s vital to be aware of the signs of Vitamin D deficiency. The severity of symptoms can vary between people (some individuals are completely asymptomatic), but here are 5 of the most common signs of vitamin D deficiency to look out for.
If you recognise any of these signs, book an appointment with your local GP. He /she can then arrange for a simple blood test to determine whether you have a Vitamin D deficiency. Here are some other reasons and signs you might have Vitamin D deficiency.
Once your physician has determined that you’re Vitamin D deficient, he/she should then be able to help you identify the cause. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to get Vitamin D levels back to optimum.
Vitamin D deficiency is generally caused by nothing more sinister than a lack of sun exposure. In these cases, the solution seems obvious: Get outside and soak up some rays.
If you’re a night owl like me or spend a lot of time working indoors, standing out in the direct sun at noon with your arms and chest exposed just isn’t practical. Instead, ask your doctor to recommend a Vitamin D supplement. These supplements come in both liquid and capsule form and make it easy to get your daily recommended dose.
Another way to get more Vitamin D into your body is through your diet. Foods like fatty fish, oysters, egg yolks, fortified cereals, some cheeses and mushrooms all contain traces of Vitamin D. However, diet alone is rarely enough to maintain an optimum level, so dietary change should be accompanied by a Vitamin D supplement or more direct sun exposure.
It’s also possible to get Vitamin D from indoor tanning beds, but remember to be sun smart and avoid prolonged exposure that could damage your skin.
I was sceptical that one little vitamin could be responsible for making me feel so under the weather, but I felt an almost instant change in both my energy levels and my mood as soon as I began taking a Vitamin D supplement.
If low Vitamin D symptoms are wreaking havoc on your body, you can also expect a whole host of improvements once you address your deficiency, including:
Don’t waste another week battling low energy and the blues. If you’re sick of feeling out of sorts, ask your doctor for a Vitamin D test today. It might just be the solution you’ve been looking for!
Bethany Tyndall is an enthusiastic, full-figured, Aussie beauty blogger with a passion for budget buys, DIY beauty, nail art & wild makeup ideas. Her biggest goal is to help ladies all over the world feel beautiful and confident at any size!
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