Not Getting Enough Vitamin D? Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency
Posted by: Deborah Lowther, Posted Date: June 2, 2012
Are you getting enough vitamin D? Even though our bodies synthesize vitamin D from the sun, you may not be getting as much vitamin D as you think. Research continues to show that children and adults alike are not getting enough of this crucial vitamin, leaving them vulnerable to vitamin D deficiency.
Many people have a vitamin D deficiency without even knowing it. Vitamin D is essential for growing strong bones as it helps your body process calcium. It is also one of the immune boosting vitamins.
While vitamin D can be found naturally in food such as fatty fish, tuna and salmon, as well as eggs and is fortified in many cereals, milk and juice, we still are not consuming enough on a daily basis.
Exposure to natural sunlight is also a viable way to get vitamin D, but with the increased risks associated with too much sun exposure, many slather on sunscreen and a put on protective clothing, which inhibits the absorption of the suns rays.
Health Canada recommends that children and adults get a minimum of 600IU of vitamin D daily. New research shows that even higher amounts of vitamins D are beneficial. People with milk allergies, or vegan diets as well as breast-fed infants, the elderly and those with limited sun exposure are at a greater risk for vitamins D deficiency.
Signs of a Vitamin D Deficiency
A vitamin D deficiency can cause numerous medical conditions including:
Bone Weakness and Rickets
Thin or brittle bones and the onset of rickets if children are deficient for years or osteomalacia in adults, are common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. Weakened bones lead to bone pain and more breakages. A doctor can diagnose rickets through x-rays and blood tests. Eating more vitamins D rich foods and supplementing with a vitamin D gummy will strengthen bones over time.
A study done by the John Hopkins University recently found that teens with low levels of vitamin D were 5 times more likely than their peers to become obese. It is unsure how they are linked but lack of energy caused by low vitamin D levels can reduce activity levels in teens. Ensuring vitamin D levels are maintained may help manage weight.
Fatigue and Depression
A vitamin D deficiency can also make symptoms of depression worse due to being withdrawn and fatigued. It won’t cause depression, but being tired can lead to inactivity and mood swings and lack of energy may add to an already depressed state. Without natural sunshine or vitamin D rich foods and supplements, many suffer from seasonal affective disorder, which can be treated by increasing vitamins D levels.
Compromised Immune System
Because vitamin D is an immune boosting vitamin, a vitamin D deficiency can lead to feeling tired, cause a lack of energy and frequent illnesses, such as colds and common viruses.
Ensure your vitamins D levels are consistent by making a vitamin D supplement, such as IronKids or Adult Essentials, part of your daily routine. You will enjoy stronger bones, healthier teeth, better mood and increased energy level.