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12 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency (and How to Get More)

Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency 

Vitamin D plays an important role for our every day health. It has many health benefits such as calcium and phosphorous absorption, improves immune system and promotes bone and muscle growth.

Studies have shown that vitamin D prevents the risk of many disease like multiple sclerosis, heart diseases and bacterial or viral infections.

Signs of Vitamin D deficiency include: bone, joints or muscle pain and fatigue or muscle weakness, and even depression.

If you are experiencing these signs we recommend you a vitamin D supplementation treatment.

1. Muscle and Bone Weakness 

If you are not getting enough of vitamin D you may face with weakened bones, teeth or muscles.

2. Feeling blue or sad

Researchers evaluated the effect of vitamin D at a group of women and concluded that women with the lowest level of vitamin D are more prone to be depressed or struggle with deep feeling of sadness.

3. Great pain sensitivity 

People with inadequate D levels are more likely to fight with chronic pains.

4. Chronic Gum disease

Swelling, reddening and bleeding of gums are signs of not enough vitamin D intake.

5. High blood pressure

Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of heart disease, so therefore you must intake vitamin D to prevent it.

6. Fatigue and sleepiness

Constant feeling of fatigue is most common at people with lower levels of vitamin D.

7. Mood swings 

Vitamin D is closely linked to serotonin production-the feel good hormone, which has a great influence n our mood.

8. Decreased Endurance

According some studies athletes with lower vitamin D levels perform less and have lack of energy than other athletes with higher vitamin D levels.

9. Overweight 

People who struggle with obesity must increase the amount of vitamin D.

10. Gut issues 

Signs of vitamin D deficiency are also common for people who struggle with fat absorption (ex. Crohn’s, celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and inflammatory bowel disease).

11. Head Sweater

Sweaty head is a classic sing of vitamin D deficiency.

12. Allergies

According a study which included 6000 individuals has shown that people with lower vitamin D levels are more likely to have allergies.

Vitamin D is also called the Sunshine Vitamin

Getting plenty of sun exposure is the best way of ushering vitamin D. Factors such as age, skin color, time of the day season and the use of sunscreen play major role of how much you need to exposure on sun.

Food that contains Vitamin D

Natural sources:

  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Egg yolk
  • Shrimp

Fortified sources:

  • Milk
  • Cereals
  • Yogurt
  • Orange juice

FYI: Besides increasing the amount of vitamin D intake, you also need to get enough of vitamin K through your diet.

Consult a doctor for medical advice if you are having any of above mentioned signs. Vitamin D supplementation is the main treatment and you can get trough food and by sunlight exposure.