D3: This Sunshine Vitamin is More Important Than You Think
Vitamin D Deficiency and its Effects
We all know of vitamin D as the sunshine vitamin because it’s actually produced in the body when exposed to the sun. Of course, the sun isn’t the only way we can get vitamin D, but I think most of us would agree that it is the most enjoyable way, if done safely.
Vitamin D can be found in foods such as fish, spinach, oatmeal, kale, white beans, cheese, and egg yolks to name a few, and you can also take a vitamin D supplement in order to be sure you are getting what you need. But what if you’re still not getting enough? You wouldn’t be alone, about forty percent of adults are deficient.
Effects of a Vitamin D deficiency
According to research, we need about 600 IU’s a day which may help promote strong bones, but studies have also shown that Vitamin D may also help protect us from a variety of health issues, so it’s important that we get the proper amount.
When we don’t get enough, symptoms can arise such as:
• Aching bones
• Muscle weakness
• Breathing issues
Causes of a deficiency
1. For many people, it comes down to where we live. Living in Florida or California will offer more days of sunshine than Ohio or New York, just because of the change of seasons.
2. Diet can have an impact on your levels. Certain diets that don’t include vitamin D foods can restrict your intake leading to a deficiency.
3. Some illnesses, can limit the amount of Vitamin D the body can absorb leading to a deficiency.
4. Weight can have an impact because fat cells extract vitamin D, so if your overweight, you may also be deficient.
There are a variety of additional reasons you may not be getting the proper amount of vitamin D so if you have signs of deficiency, taking a supplement can be an easy fix.
How can you find out if you are vitamin D deficient?
There is actually a test you can get from your medical professional called the 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood test in which levels of 20 to 50 nanograms per milliliter are considered to be enough and having less than 20 ng/ml would signal a deficiency.
What can you do if you are deficient?
Seeking advice from your doctor is the first step. Most likely, they will offer a number of solutions that may include adding more Vitamin D foods to your diet and including supplements.
Overall good health is always the goal and a vitamin D deficiency can be difficult to determine so if you have any of the symptoms listed above or think you may not be getting enough through sunlight and diet; a simple test can get you on the right track.
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Maria Pease is a freelance health & wellness content writer based in Southport, North Carolina. She has written about health & wellness for more than twenty-five years and has partnered with a variety of companies doing the most amazing work. She loves being able to write about health topics that can change lives for the better.