9 Signs You Have a Vitamin D Deficiency
1. YOU ARE OVERWEIGHT.
Your body fat collects vitamin D, so your body can process it into its usable form. The more fat you carry, the more vitamin D you will need.
2. YOU HAVE HIGH MUSCLE MASS AND LOW BODY FAT.
Similar to being overweight, too little body fat hinders your body’s ability to collect the necessary amounts of vitamin D, this time because you don’t have an adequate body fat supply.
3. YOU HAVE DARK SKIN.
The pigment in your skin acts as a natural sunscreen preventing your body from absorbing vitamin D from the sun. The darker the skin, the more pigment in the skin which means more time in the sun is needed to produce adequate levels of Vitamin D.
4. YOU’RE OVER 50.
As you get your older your skin doesn’t produce as much vitamin D from exposure to the sun and your kidneys are not as efficient in converting it for use in the body.
5. YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ACHES AND PAINS.
A vitamin D deficiency works against calcium getting to your skeletal system and as such might be the cause of some of your common aches and pains.
6. YOU SWEAT EXCESSIVELY FROM YOUR HEAD.
An excess of sweat is often one of the first and classic signs of a vitamin D deficiency.
7. YOU LIVE IN A GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION WITH LONG PERIODS OF DARKNESS.
If you live in the extreme north or south, and there are long periods without sunlight or your exposure to the sun is limited, be aware that your vitamin D levels may be suffering. This might also be one explanation for the prevalence of certain conditions in certain geographic regions.
8. YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A DECREASE IN MOOD.
A 2011 study stated that exposure to the sun and bright lights have a direct correlation to elevated mood levels. It found that the participants with the lowest levels of vitamin D were eleven times more likely to show signs of depression.
9. YOU SUFFER FROM DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS.
Digestive problems can affect your body’s ability to absorb fat that directly impacts your levels of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin D.