Vitamin D is super important for our overall health. It regulates calcium and phosphorous absorption, boosts immune system, and is important to build strong muscles, teeth, and bones.
8 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency
1. Muscle and Bone Weakness:
Vitamin D is important for bones, muscles and teeth. Weakened bones, teeth, or muscles may be a sign that you are not getting enough of it.
2. Great Pain Sensitivity:
People who struggle with chronic pains often have inadequate vitamin D levels.
3. High Blood Pressure:
Vitamin D is important for your heart too. When you don’t get enough of it, you’re blood pressure may rise.
4. Fatigue and Sleepiness:
People with lower levels of vitamin D lack the energy during the day and may have a constant feeling of fatigue.
5. Mood Swings:
Vitamin D plays a role in serotonin production. This “feel good hormone” has a major impact on our mood.
6. Decreased Endurance:
Studies have shown that athletes with lower vitamin D levels preform less and have lower energy levels compared to other athletes.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, stored in our fat cells. People who are overweight or obese therefore need more vitamin D.
Adequate vitamin D can reduce allergies. A study done on 6000 individuals showed that people with low vitamin D levels are more susceptible to allergies
Vitamin D, The Sunshine Vitamin
The best way to get enough vitamin D is through sun exposure. How much sun you need a day depends on many factors such as age, skin color, time of the day, season, and the use of sunscreen.
Foods That Contain Vitamin D
Only a few foods naturally contain vitamin D. Because vitamin D is becoming a major problem more and more foods are fortified with it.
- Egg yolk
- Orange juice
FYI: when you boost your vitamin D intake it is also important to get enough vitamin K through your diet.