About 57% of American adults and 36% of young adults in the USA and Europe suffer from lack of vitamin D. This vitamin is far more important than some people think as it plays a big role in many muscle and bone functions. Vitamin D has also been associated with lower risk of cancer, heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetes, which is why we should keep its levels under control.
Vitamin D deficiency is pretty hard to detect, and most people aren’t even aware of the problem. This is why it’s important to check your vitamin D levels several times a year in order to prevent further health problems.
The main source of vitamin D is the sun. How much you really need depends on your skin color, age, time of the day spent sunbathing and of course the amount of sunscreen you use. Sunscreen blocks the vitamin D absorption, so it’s best to avoid it if you keep your sun exposure to 10-15 minutes a day. If you plan on sunbathing for more, you must apply a high-quality sunscreen. There’s also another problem with sunscreen – many experts consider it carcinogenic. Luckily, there are a variety of natural options to protect yourself from sunburns such as coconut oil, so you can stay safe from the sun without harming your health.
Besides plenty of sunshine, there are also many dietary vitamin D sources. For those who live in areas with low sunlight, we suggest taking vitamin D supplements or eating more tuna, animal liver, cheese, egg yolks, etc.
Here are the 12 signs of vitamin D deficiency:
Muscle and bone weakness
Vitamin D is highly important for our muscles and bones and may cause brittle bones and weak teeth and muscles if you lack it.
Sadness and feeling blue
According to scientific studies, low vitamin D levels can cause feelings of sadness and even depression.
Increased sensitivity to pain
People suffering from chronic pain have also been found to have low vitamin D levels in their body.
Lack of vitamin D may cause gum bleeding, swelling and redness.
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Vitamin D is very important for proper heart function and regulates your blood pressure as well. Low vitamin D levels have been related to high blood pressure, so it’s best to keep the levels of the vitamin under control.
Vitamin D plays a big role in serotonin production, so lack of it can make you feel depressed.
Vitamin D deficiency has been related to lower energy levels and reduced performance in athletes.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that resides in our fat cells, and lack of it can lead to weight gain and obesity. Experts recommend increasing your vitamin D levels if you’re overweight in order to prevent further health problems caused by obesity.
Studies have found that people suffering from vitamin D deficiency also suffer from digestive problems such as Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and inflammatory bowel disease).
Excess sweating on the forehead is another clear symptom of vitamin D deficiency.
According to one study which examined more than 6000 subjects, low vitamin D levels may be related to allergies.