You are eating a healthy diet, keeping an regular exercise routine, getting enough sleep, making sure to stay hydrated and slathering on sunscreen before catching any rays. All are great health choices but despite your efforts you could still be ignoring one important issue that could be setting you up for high blood pressure and diabetes by two times.
Vitamin D is not found in many foods and almost one billion people worldwide have vitamin D deficiency. If you are not getting enough sun or suspect you may be deficient in vitamin D, here are the top signs for vitamin D deficiency.
1- Excessive Sweating.
It is often the first sign to suspect vitamin D deficiency in newborns, the same sign is seen in adults as well, so if you are doing regular activities that shouldn’t cause too much sweating yet your forehead is glowing then it may be time to take a test.
2- Weakness and Exhaustion.
Muscle strength is not only all about iron and protein. Vitamin D deficiency can leave you exhausted and out of energy even when you are getting enough sleep at night. Having adequate vitamin D levels in your body helps to maintain power in every cell of your body regardless to your age.
Harvard researchers found a link between vitamin D supplementation and having more muscle control resulting in 20% less falls amongst elderly people.
Indeed within only six months of supplementation, the muscle weakness caused by vitamin D deficiency can be eliminated.
3- Chronic Aches.
Vitamin D deficiency is often subtle at the beginning but some people report experiencing aches and pains in the bones and joints known as osteomalacia. Those who are diagnosed with arthritis or fibromyalgia should be getting enough vitamin D through supplements as if deficient they can experience even more joints and muscles pain.
If you are experiencing unexplained bones pain for more than several weeks, ask your doctor if vitamin D deficiency is the cause and if adding it to your treatment plan should be considered.
If your aches are resulted by your exercise routine, adequate intake of vitamin D helps to speed up muscles recovery and reduces post workout pain.
If you start feeling sad and less motivated about the life for no obvious reason you may be lacking on vitamin D. Researchers found a link between depression and shortage of vitamin D. The real reason is still unknown but scientists suggest that the mineral could be absorbed in the same area and affects the production of the same hormones like serotonin as those that affect mood regulations.