14 Signs Of Vitamin D Deficiency

14 Signs Of Vitamin D Deficiency

January 8, 2020 0 By Ewald Bahringer


Brainy Dose Presents: 14 Signs Of Vitamin D Deficiency Vitamin D is an extremely important nutrient
that has powerful effects throughout the body. But despite its importance, many people just
don’t seem to get adequate amounts. In fact, over 40 percent of American adults,
as well as approximately 1 billion people worldwide, are vitamin D deficient! Why is that? Well, very few foods contain vitamin D; and
most of it is actually produced in your skin in response to UV rays from the sun – which
is why it’s sometimes called the ‘sunshine vitamin’. Another reason for vitamin D deficiency is
that it can be difficult to identify. It’s hard to know if certain symptoms are
actually a result of low vitamin D levels or something else. If you’re concerned whether you’re getting
enough vitamin D, here are some signs suggesting that you probably need more! Number 1 – Aching Muscles Vitamin D plays an important role in the support
of muscle function. When metabolized, vitamin D enters your muscles
and ensures proper muscle contraction. This is also vital for building muscle strength. However, if you’re experiencing muscle pain
that is not due to exertion, it may be due to insufficient levels of vitamin D.
In fact, research has established that chronic muscle pain that is unresponsive to treatment
is often due to vitamin D deficiency. Number 2 – Painful Bones Your bones stop growing once you’ve reached
adulthood, but old bone tissue is regularly replaced by new tissue. Vitamin D is vital for ensuring bone tissue
replacement, and a serious deficiency can cause bones to soften. This condition is known as Osteomalacia or
‘Adult Rickets’, and can lead to Osteoporosis. Since muscle pain and bone pain often resemble
each other, it’s important to know how to differentiate one from the other. Muscle pain is usually concentrated in one
specific location and is aggravated by physical activity. Aching bones, however, are often felt as a
penetrating and broadly spread pain. Number 3 – Fatigue This symptom is often overlooked, because
we tend to attribute fatigue to a number of different things. That said, your body needs vitamin D to produce
energy, and a lack of it can make you feel tired and sluggish throughout the day. This lack of energy can also cause you to
adopt negative behaviors that can have an adverse effect on your health. So, listen to your body. If you notice that you are feeling sluggish
and can’t figure out why, you may just need to get some more vitamin D. Number 4 – Reduced Endurance If you are physically active but you notice
that your endurance is decreasing for no apparent reason, low levels of vitamin D may be the
cause. As I mentioned in the previous point, vitamin
D plays a vital role in maintaining and increasing energy – and this is especially true for endurance. Physically active people can also experience
reduced endurance, even if they are getting enough sunlight every day. Fortunately, if a deficiency of this vitamin
is the culprit, your endurance will quickly improve once your levels return to normal. Number 5 – Low Moods Vitamin D is not only an important factor
in your brain’s health, it also affects your mood. The areas of your brain that are associated
with mood, have vitamin D receptors. Low vitamin D levels can therefore significantly
affect your brain cells. While research is still being conducted, there
is evidence to suggest that vitamin D can increase certain neurotransmitters in the
brain called monoamines. These include “feel-good” substances like
serotonin and dopamine. Not having enough of these chemicals in your
brain can cause you to feel low, and even depressed. This is also why many people experience low
moods in the winter – a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder – which is at least partly
caused by the relative lack of sunshine during the winter months. Number 6 – Problems Sleeping Well It’s been discovered that vitamin D also
plays a role in getting good sleep at night. The precise relationship between sleep and
vitamin D is not yet certain, but research seems to associate the quality of your sleep
with vitamin D levels. This association may have something to do
with the vitamin D receptors in the brain that control sleep. Receptors that receive insufficient amounts,
work less efficiently than they should. And this can lead to poor sleep quality. Number 7 – Sweaty Head When your body temperature exceeds 98.6 degrees
Fahrenheit or 37 degrees Celsius, you perspire in order to lower your body temperature. This usually is entirely natural. Perspiration even serves to eliminate toxins
that gather in fat cells under your skin. However, if your head is sweating while the
rest of your body is not, it could be an indication that you may not be getting enough vitamin
D. Number 8 – Losing Hair Hair follicle growth is stimulated by vitamin
D. When they are healthy, hair follicles maintain
hair volume. It is, of course, natural to lose hair as
you get older. But people can also suffer from hair loss
due to a deficiency in vitamin D. This is especially true for women. Research also suggests a connection between
low vitamin D levels and Alopecia – which is an autoimmune disease that results in bald
patches. Number 9 – Wounds Heal Slowly If you get injured and it takes a long time
for your wounds to heal, a lack of vitamin D in your body might be the cause. Vitamin D plays a vital role in rebuilding
skin, thus, if you don’t get enough, healing will occur at a much slower pace. This can be especially problematic after a
surgery and can also result in more pronounced scarring. Number 10 – Dizziness Vitamin D plays an important role in the proper
functioning of your ears. Research has demonstrated that there are vitamin
D receptors in the calcium channel transport systems located in the inner ear. These serve in maintaining a proper balance
of calcium. When calcium crystals located in your inner
ear are dislodged, you can experience sudden bouts of dizziness or a spinning sensation,
as well as nausea – among other unpleasant symptoms. This condition is called Benign Paroxysmal
Positional Vertigo, and there is ample evidence linking it to low levels of vitamin D. Number 11 – Heart Problems Perhaps one of the most underestimated risk
factors for heart disease is vitamin D deficiency. However, mounting evidence seems to indicate
that insufficient levels of it can drastically increase the likelihood of heart disease. There also seems to be a connection with high
blood pressure. According to a number of large research studies,
low levels of vitamin D can double the risk of having a stroke, heart attack, or other
heart complications. Number 12 – Excessive Body Weight Vitamin D is believed to optimize your body’s
ability to absorb important nutrients – such as calcium – which is essential not only for
bone health, but also for a healthy metabolism. It helps your body burn calories. Research suggests that obesity increases the
body’s need for the vitamin because of the higher amounts of fat tissue. Moreover, people with larger waistlines have
trouble converting vitamin D to a more usable form, and may need up to 3 times the amount
than people of average weight – in order to maintain healthy levels. Number 13 – Recurring Infections Vitamin D levels have a direct effect on the
health of your body’s immune system. When your body can process sufficient levels
of it, your immune system remains strong and is able to combat infections and diseases
as it is meant to do. Not getting enough of this crucial vitamin
can result in serious consequences. It can drastically weaken your immune system
– leaving you vulnerable to recurring infections and chronic diseases. Number 14 – Reduced Cognitive Function Vitamin D’s biologically active form has
been shown to have neuroprotective effects. This means that the vitamin actually helps
in the preservation of nerve function – which is very important for your brain to work properly. Research strongly suggests that a deficiency
of this vitamin is a significant factor in reduced cognitive ability. In fact, there are clear indications that
low levels of vitamin D are connected to Dementia as well as Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, adults with serious vitamin D
deficiencies are four times more likely to suffer impaired cognitive function. While vitamin D deficiency is a common issue
worldwide, there are some factors that can lead to an even greater risk of having low
vitamin D levels. As you already know, the body produces vitamin
D when exposed to sunlight. This means that you are at risk of having
low levels if you spend too much time indoors (whether at home or at work), live in extreme
Northern or Southern latitudes, or wear unnecessarily concealing clothing. Those with darker skin naturally produce less
vitamin D, because the higher levels of melanin in their skin is actually meant to protect
against excessive exposure to ultraviolet light. Nevertheless, if you suspect that you may
be lacking vitamin D, it’s important to get your blood levels checked. The good news is that a vitamin D deficiency
is usually easy to fix. You can expose yourself to sunlight more often;
include more foods rich in vitamin D in your diet – such as fatty fish; or fortified foods
– like cereal; or simply take a supplement. It can do wonders for your health! If you found this video helpful, give it a
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