Do you get enough Vitamin D? Luckily we seem to be coming out of the sun-fearing era slightly, but even so, with so many of us in office jobs, it can be really hard to get enough vitamin D.
Whilst some foods are fortified with vitamin D, they aren't natural whole foods-and even so, the amount they provide is tiny compared to the levels you can get naturally, from the sun.
There’s no substitute for getting regular blood tests to find out exactly where your vitamin D levels are sitting, but did you know certain symptoms may indicate a deficiency?
How’s your mood?
Sunlight boosts serotonin levels, which are associated with our mood. If you’re feeling inexplicably blue, vitamin D is definitely worth investigating.
You have darker skin
The darker your skin, the more sun exposure you’ll need to get sufficient vitamin D levels. This means if you have darker skin and live further from the equator – or spend a lot of time indoors, you’re more likely to be deficient
You’re in pain
If you have bone or muscle pain, this could also point to low vitamin D levels. In fact, most muscle weakness appears to be linked to low levels of vitamin D.
If you’re generally feeling fatigued, this could be because you don’t have enough of the vitamin D required for its role in energy production.
Another potential symptom is chronic respiratory problems such as asthma – it’s been observed that higher vitamin D levels can decrease the severity of asthma attacks.
Being overweight means you need move vitamin D in your system, since its fat soluble – whilst decreased levels also make it harder to lose weight.
You get every infection and bug going around
Vitamin D plays an important role in your immune system – so if you’re catching one thing after another, get those levels checked!
When did you last get your levels checked? Were you deficient?