9 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency (and How to Get More)
Are you getting enough vitamin D? If you shun the sun, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is produced by the body in response to skin being exposed to sunlight. You can also get this vitamin from supplements and foods, such as some fish, fish liver oils, egg yolks and in fortified dairy, cereals and grain products. Many people however are vitamin D deficient and they are not even aware of it. So if you notice any of these signs, visit a doctor soon and get your levels checked.
1. Muscle and Bone Weakness:
Our body stops building bone mass around age 30, and a lack of vitamin D can speed up or worsen osteoporosis symptoms.
2. Feeling Blue Or Sad:
Depression, mood swings are often linked to a shortage of vitamin D. Vitamin D may work the same brain areas that affect mood.
3. Chronic Gum Disease:
Getting enough vitamin D is important for oral health. Periodontal disease is a chronic gum condition. Bacteria cause the gums to swell and bleed. Some studies indicate a direct role of sunlight in reducing the risk of periodontal disease.
4. High Blood Pressure:
Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure. Research shows that there is a link between vitamin D and hypertension. People with higher vitamin D levels tend to have lower blood pressure and are less likely to develop hypertension.
5. Fatigue and Sleepiness:
Research links a deficiency of vitamin D to chronic fatigue syndrome. Low vitamin D results in fatigue and sleepiness.
6. Mood Swings:
Vitamin D receptors have been found in many parts of the brain. Having low vitamin D levels has been linked to depression.
Researxh shows vitamin D deficiency is associated with both developing obesity and the risk of obesity related complications. Vitamin D supplementation helps weight loss in obese and overweight patients with vitamin D deficiency.
8. Gut Issues:
Vitamin D deficiency can also leave many people with digestive problems.
Research shows that vitamin D deficiency also has a role to play in the development of allergy.
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