Vitamin D Check: 5 Signs That Could Mean A Deficiency
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DIf you don’t live quite close to the equator, getting the right amount of vitamin D can be an issue. Apart from being indispensable for bone health, vitamin D also protects the heart and can prevent the risk of stroke, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

But if you think you’re getting all the vitamin D from fortified foods, even if you spend very little time in the sun, you are highly mistaken. Most foods, whether natural or fortified, do not contain enough vitamin D to support your health needs.

You might actually be deficient in this nutrient without realizing it. Apart from the generalized symptoms of fatigue and poor sleep, vitamin D deficiency presents some not-so-common symptoms that we tend to ignore. Here are five such little-known symptoms of vitamin D.

Bone Ache

Bone-ache

A classic symptom of vitamin D, bone ache and pain is an expected signal from the body since vitamin D is essential for bone health and strength.

Darker Skin

Vitamin D Check: 5 Signs That Could Mean A Deficiency

Melanin, the natural pigment in your skin determining your skin color, also acts as a natural sunscreen. Hence, the darker your skin, the more sun you need to make sufficient amounts of vitamin D. If you experience sudden changes in your complexion from pale to a darker shade then it may be indicative of deficient vitamin D levels.

Depression

Depression

Sunlight exposure is directly associated with the levels of serotonin (the feel-good hormone) in your body. Vitamin D improves the levels of this neurotransmitter in the brain and keeps the blues away. However, low levels of vitamin D can make you more prone to depression as it directly affects serotonin levels.

Tummy Troubles

Vitamin D Check: 5 Signs That Could Mean A Deficiency

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin which means that if you have a digestive condition, it is going to hamper the absorption of vitamin D in the gut and make you deficient. People who suffer from Crohn’s disease, celiac disease or irritable bowel conditions are at a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency. Here are five foods to take care of your tummy troubles.

Weight Gain

Vitamin D Check: 5 Signs That Could Mean A Deficiency

Okay, so excess weight isn’t going to make you deficient in vitamin D, but the higher concentration of body fats affects the levels of vitamin D in the blood. In short, if you’re overweight, you will require more vitamin D than your slimmer friends. Here’s how to lose weight the easy way.

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Updated July 20, 2018

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