Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms // Do You Have Any Of These?
How can we tell if we are suffering from a vitamin D deficiency?
Vitamin D is important for bone health, insulin resistance, blood pressure as well as your immunity. There’s also further research in to how vitamin D relates to heart disease and cancer.
We get most of vitamin D which is actually a hormone converted by the skin from exposure to sunlight, and this is the main source for the majority of people.
However, what are the markers of a deficiency so we can be aware to take action and prevent any problems?
If you are feeling a bit ‘blue’ and depressed, and by which I mean for a prolonged period of time and not just the result of a heavy weekend on the “uppers” you may well be deficient in vitamin D.
When we are exposed to sunlight, our body releases serotonin, it is serotonin that is released when people take the drug Ecstasy albeit in much higher levels.
With an increase of serotonin our mood rises and we feel much better as well as being more positive. When we suffer from a decreased level of sunlight exposure our serotonin levels also decrease and we do not feel quite as good within ourselves.
A study in 2006 found that those who suffered from lo levels of vitamin D were 11 times more likely to be depressed.
You can also read about a study that shows people who live in areas of low sunlight throughout the year were more likely to commit suicide here.
Are You Obese?
If you carry much more body weight or fat than the average person it is harder for your body to process the fat soluble vitamin D. As it is fat soluble the fat collects it and thus you will require more than a slimmer person.
Recent research has found that even muscular people require more vitamin D too and that doses should be based on body weight regardless of the level of fat or muscle.
If you were to use a vitamin D supplement doses of vitamin D should be up to 8000 IU per day and vitamin K2 should also be taken to avoid any toxicity.
If you find that your head sweats a lot this is a classic sign of vitamin D deficiency. This is an old question that was asked by physicians to the mothers of newborns to see if they could diagnose a vitamin D deficiency in the baby.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble hormone, thus, if you have a condition such as Crohn’s. celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity which negatively affects the way your body can absorb fat, it also means you will most likely have a problem with absorbing vitamin D too.