The campaign to give more attention to individual health is increasing tremendously and a huge focus have been placed on vitamins lately because of their importance to human health. Vitamin D especially has attracted some uncommon interest. The fact is that there are only few food options to cover enough of our daily vitamin needs, and with seasons like the winter when there are less sunlight to be exposed to, it could only get worse.
This is not a problem in the US alone, it is a worldwide challenge. The struggle to produce sufficient vitamin D for human body has increased and many people have been advised on taking extra supplements to complement their body vitamin D level. With this and many other factor in mind, we have therefore compiled a list of seven symptoms to observe for low vitamin D level in your body system in a bid to combat same.
Dark skin pigment
The human skin has been so functional in increasing his vitamin D level. This is because they help UV light penetrate and therefore dissipate vitamin D in the body. However, a very dark skin tone could be a low point for vitamin D dissipation. This is because the more melanin a skin possess, the less chance the UV light has to penetrate it. Now taking into account that vitamin D level may significantly reduce in the winter, such a person could be suffering from vitamin D deficiency.
Low Mood and depression
Don’t get this twisted. Low mood cannot completely determine your vitamin D level. However, it can be an indicator. The hormone serotonin fluctuates between high and low in the brain depending on exposure to light. This is why people generally suffer from depression in the winter months. It has thus been investigated that with low vitamins D level, a man is 11 times more likely to suffer from depression. Therefore, if you have a consistently low mood, you may need to visit a doctor for an advice on your vitamin D level.
Difficulty in digestion
Recall that vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Therefore, since many of human gastrointestinal conditions leads to his inability to absorb fat, it may result into an inability to take in fat-soluble vitamins. At this point, no matter how much vitamin D is taken into your system, they won’t be absorbed by it. It is therefore advised that if you are suffering from conditions s celiac, chron’s and gluten sensitivity, you must be watchful of your vitamin D level.
Body overweight and obesity
There is an inverse relationship between bodyweight and vitamin D deficiency. This is according to a study conducted which revealed that with each unit of body mass index (BMI), there was up to 1.15 decrease in blood vitamin D level. This is believed to be because of fat soluble nature of vitamin D. This thus means that the body collects more vitamin D on every fat human carries, and so a larger volume of vitamin D is required.
Although doctors have diagnosed most bone aches and pains to have resulted from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, low vitamin D levels could also be a cause. In fact, the vitamin D deficiency referred to as ostomalacia is different from osteoporosis. This is referred to as rickets in children. More so, the softening of the bone caused by low vitamin D is a result of distorted mineralization of the bone which involves calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D functions. This usually result in aches and pains.
This may be hard to believe but it is a sign of vitamin D deficiency. Victims sweat profusely on the head due to neuromuscular inability from low vitamin D. This is especially a common occurrence in newborn babies.
. Aged 50 and above
We lose some biological features naturally as we age. Our skin activities is one of these. An aged skin absorbs lower vitamin D. This is coupled with the fact that the kidneys are now less efficient in converting vitamins D to be passed into the blood. If an aged person stays more inside, thus having less exposure to sunlight, it might pose a huge risk to vitamin D level in the blood as less would be manufactured hence low level of absorbed vitamin D.
If you feel you are in the above named categories or you are seeing the above named symptoms, there is no need to panic. You could choose one of the below options as remedies based on their availability and affordability.
- Get more exposure to sunlight
- Use ultraviolet light lamps and bulbs in homes
- Use vitamin D supplements to complement the amounts in your body
- Eat more foods containing vitamin D to produce more in the body.