3 Signs You Have a Vitamin D Deficiency
October 30, 2017

While vitamin D is a vital vitamin to your health, it can be difficult to get enough of this vitamin through foods and sun exposure. As a result, many people are vitamin D deficient. The problem is the symptoms of vitamin D deficiencies can be mistaken for everything from depression to muscle injuries. The following are some signs that you may have a vitamin D deficiency, plus some tips on how to correct the condition.

1. Unexplained Aches and Pains
Bone and muscle pain that doesn't seem to be related to any other condition can be due to vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D plays a big part in building healthy bones because it allows the body to use calcium effectively. Severe vitamin D deficiencies can lead to a condition called Osteomalacia. This is a bone-softening disease whose symptoms are bone pain, muscle weakness, and brittle bones that are easily broken.

2. Constant Fatigue
If you wake up and feel as if you never slept, vitamin D deficiency could be a contributing factor. Sometimes vitamin D can lead to very low energy levels. According to Healthline, vitamin D levels lower than 20 ng/mL are often enough to cause fatigue. Doctors can order a blood test to determine a person's vitamin D blood levels to determine if low levels could be contributing to a person's waning energy and constant fatigue.

3. Depression
Vitamin D deficiency can be a surprising underlying depression source. While scientists aren't sure of the exact link, they do know that vitamin D deficiency can have an effect on a person's mood. The low energy levels mentioned above may also play a role in contributing to depression. Also, seasonal depression has been linked to lack of sunlight. Because the body produces vitamin D in response to sunlight, this further supports the theory that low vitamin D levels can play a role in depression.

Help for Low Vitamin D Levels
Several methods exist for helping people boost their vitamin D levels. The first is to expose the skin to sunlight. Doctors call vitamin D the "sunshine vitamin" because the body creates it in response to the sun. However, there are a few stipulations to sun exposure. A person can't wear sunscreen because the sun's rays won't get through to stimulate vitamin D production. Also, the sun's rays do not penetrate well enough through glass, like a car window or window in a home, to get the vitamin D-boosting benefits.

A person can also take a vitamin D supplement. Different types exist, including vitamin D3 and D2 supplements or in multi-vitamins like our multi vitamin and multi herbal supplement AsUage. There is an upper limit for vitamin D supplements where taking them will do more harm than good. This is true for taking more than 5,000 international units (IUs) over a period of time and when not under a doctor's supervision. Sometimes, a doctor will prescribe special supplements to correct an extreme deficiency. However, a person shouldn't take more than this on their own in a given day. Signs of excess vitamin D use include nausea, vomiting, and constipation.

You can also increase vitamin D in your diet. Foods that naturally contain vitamin D include fish, egg yolks, and beef liver. However, food manufacturers also add vitamin D to foods, such as milk, cereals, and bread as a means to increase the amount of vitamin D in one's diet.

For now we will leave it to this. Hopefully this sets the table for you to learn more about this amazing vitamin. Follow our future blogs to learn more.
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