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7 Signs of a Vitamin D Deficiency!

Written By Admin on Sunday, October 23, 2016 | 10:15:00 PM


The degree of pain and muscle weakness can vary from subtle to severe. Initially, symptoms of this type are almost non-present; however, as the deficiency becomes longer in duration, associated symptoms tend to become worse. The reason is that vitamin D, when metabolized, enhances muscle contraction – an essential mechanism for strengthening bones.


When vitamin D levels are low, our immune system is inextricably affected. A high concentration of vitamin D receptors can be found in the immune cells, an area of the body that requires sufficient vitamin D supplementation. In one Japanese study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, schoolchildren that were given vitamin D supplements recorded fewer instances of the flu strain influenza A than those who did not receive supplements.
In another study, individuals diagnosed with an autoimmune disease also tested for low levels of D vitamin.


Hypertension (high blood pressure) often results when the body’s levels of vitamin D are low. Our body formulates a peptide that increases blood pressure through arterial restriction and water retention. Vitamin D serves as a countermeasure, suppressing this enzymatic reaction and reducing the body’s inappropriate and exacerbated response to this peptide, thus normalizing blood pressure levels.


A link has been made between sadness/depression and low levels of vitamin D. One particularly interesting discovery involves the correlation between seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a seasonal depressive condition, and fluctuating levels of vitamin D3.  Inone study, participants given D3 supplementation experienced enhanced positive effects and a reduction of negative effects – both physical and cognitive. Participants reported a significantly diminished presence of various symptoms, including food craving, hypersomnia, lethargy, and sleep disturbances.


Certain gastrointestinal conditions affect vitamin D absorption. Those with celiac, Crohn’s, inflammatory bowel disease and other conditions, are likely to be at a greater risk of vitamin D deficiency because of these interactions. Furthermore, those with high amounts of body fat are prone to vitamin D deficiency since fat dilutes the vitamin and reduces its physiological effects.


A strange addition to this list is the tendency of people to sweat more without sufficient vitamin D levels. Contrary to many of the items on this list, medical experts aren’t quite certain why we sweat more with low vitamin D levels. All that’s known is that there seems to be an inseparable link between low vitamin D and excessive sweating, especially around the forehead.


There exists a probable correlation between low vitamin D levels and cardiovascular disease. Medical professionals believe that low levels of the vitamin result in higher concentrations of calcium build up in the arteries; calcium buildup is plaque that forms in the arteries and increases the risk of heart attack or stroke. Other conditions linked to low vitamin D levels – hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol – appear to solidify the connection between vitamin D levels and heart health.
Sources of Vitamin D
Now that we’ve discussed seven symptoms associated with vitamin D deficiency, we’ll list some common sources of the nutrient. Remember to get the recommended daily amount of vitamin D on a daily basis.
  • Sunlight
  • Orange Juice (Vitamin D fortified)
  • Fortified Plant-Based Milks