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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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