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Low levels of vitamin D can affect the body in many ways. As a result, the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can go unnoticed for a long time even if they are impairing one’s health. We look at 5 signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, as well as the steps you can take to boost your vitamin D levels.
Getting Sick OftenOne of the effects of vitamin D deficiency is a weakened immune system. In this state, the body is unable to fight off viruses and bacteria that can cause you to fall ill. If you fall sick frequently, especially with colds or the flu, low vitamin D levels may be the culprit. Research has shown a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and respiratory infections like cold, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
Bone AchesBone aches are a sign of vitamin D deficiency, especially in young people. This is because vitamin D plays a role in calcium absorption by the bones. When the body is short of vitamin D, the bones do not get the required amount of calcium they need to be healthy. Over time, this can lead to weak and brittle bones and a condition known as Osteoporosis, which causes the bones to lose density and easily fracture.
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Low EnergyA constant feeling of tiredness that cannot be traced to lack of sleep or stress may be a result of vitamin D deficiency. Several studies have shown that very low levels of vitamin D can lead to fatigue that significantly impacts the quality of life. If you’re always tired and can’t identify the cause, you should consult your doctor to rule out vitamin D deficiency.
DepressionNot only is vitamin D required for a healthy body, but it is also required for a healthy mind. Vitamin D refreshes the mind by releasing feel-good hormones in the brain such as Serotonin and Dopamine. If your body is not receiving these hormones, then you may be prone to feelings of anxiety and depression.
How To Treat Vitamin D DeficiencyVitamin D is often referred to as “the sunshine nutrient”. This is because the sun is the best source of vitamin D. Try to spend up to about 10-20 minutes in the sun every day to get adequate doses of vitamin D. Importantly, If you find that your body is very low in vitamin D levels, it is worth investing in vitamin D supplements. Featured Image Source: News 18
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