Many people don’t know how important vitamin D is or what the lack off this vitamin can do to your health. There are many people walking around with vitamin D deficiency without even knowing they are and you may be one of them. I think it’s important for people to know about this vitamin that’s often forgotten about or not seen as important.
Vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble organic compounds that are responsible for the absorption of calcium and phosphate from food, the two main forms are Vitamin D3 and Vitamin D2.
Vitamin D functions like a hormone and that is why every cell in your body has a receptor for it. This vitamin is important for the construction of healthy and strong bones, teeth and muscles, it also helps to regulate your immune system. Your body makes it naturally from cholesterol when your skin gets exposed to sunlight.
How To Get Vitamin D
To make sure your body gets enough from this vitamin D and to maintain it on a healthy level, there are a couple of things you can do;
# Try to go outside every day for about 15-30 minutes. The sun is a great vitamin D source, when you have a
darker skin color you may need more than 30 min to get enough sun, especially when you live in a
country where there is not much sun throughout.
# Add food that contains vitamin D to your diet, such as fatty-fish, liver, egg yolks, fortified dairy and grain
# It’s recommended to take supplements daily.
Who Is At Risk of Being Vitamin D Deficiency
- People who have a darker skin tone, especially if you live somewhere where there is not much sun throughout the year
- People who stay indoors a lot or always wear sunscreen when they go outside
- Infants and young kids under the age of 15
- People 65 and over
- If you are obese
- If you don’t drink as much fortified milk, or you have allergies for dairy products
- Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding
Symptoms Of Vitamin D–Deficiency
If you have a lack of vitamin D in your system, you can deal with a lot of health issues without even knowing that just by raising your vitamin D level it can do wonders.
Symptoms of Vitamin D-deficiency
- Fatigue and Tiredness
- Mood swings & Depression
- Getting more infections and sickness
- Muscle pain
- Back and Bone pain
- Hair loss and hair thinning
- Wounds heal slowly
- Bone loss
- Excessive sweating
If you want to know what your vitamin D levels are just make an appointment with your general practitioner and ask them to check it out, don’t procrastinate on your health.