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7 Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D, also known as the “Sunshine Vitamin”, is produced when your skin is exposed to the sunlight, and it triggers Vitamin D synthesis. It is essential for strong bones because it raises the efficacy of the absorption of Calcium in your body- they work hand in hand together. Imagine the downside of your bones molecular structure if there is a lack of Vitamin D – It becomes brittle and thinner over time. 

As much as we know on the importance of Vitamin D, you need to understand what goes on underneath the skin if you’re faced with a lack of Vitamin D. Today, Tropika Club will take you on this journey to understand more about the signs and symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency. 

The Cause of Vitamin D deficiency 

Simply put, Vitamin D deficiency does not occur for no reason. According to an article, these are the common causes of Vitamin D deficiency. 

  • Insufficient Vitamin D in your diet. 
  • Lack of absorption of Vitamin D from food. 
  • Not enough sunlight exposure. 
  • Liver or kidneys could not convert Vitamin D to its active form in the body. 
  • Medications that interfere with the ability to convert or absorb Vitamin D. 

Vitamin D can be obtained in 3 ways- through your skin, diet and supplements intake.  

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Vitamin D plays a vital role in our day-to-day lives, and people facing with deficiency in this Vitamin is very common. According to a study based on this article, 41.6% of adults in the US are deficient. This number goes up to 69.2% in Hispanics and 82.1% in African-Americans. Let us explore further on the common causes of Vitamin D deficiency. 

7 Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency

7 Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency 

  • Darker skin tone– people with darker skin tone face an increased risk of Vitamin D deficiency due to the melanin count underneath the skin. This decreases the skin ability to absorb Vitamin D from direct sunlight compared to people with fairer skin tone. 
  • Getting sick often- one of the key functions of Vitamin D is to build up the immune system against the fight for viruses and bacteria that cause illness. If you are someone who’s facing with constant colds or flu, this might be a sign that you are facing with Vitamin D deficiency.  
  • Lactose intolerant– the inability to digest lactose- a sugar found in dairy products. If your stomach feels unwell or if you regurgitate after consuming such food, you might be one of the victims that fall under Vitamin D deficiency. This occurs when the small intestine fails to produce a sufficient amount of lactase, which is the enzyme that breaks down lactose. 
  • Slow wounds healing- this may be a sign that your level of Vitamin D is too low as this Vitamin increases the production of compounds that are crucial for forming new skin as part of the wound-healing process. In addition to this, Vitamin D controls inflammation and fight the infection that is crucial for wound-healing. 
  • Obesity– Vitamin D is fat-soluble; hence people who are overweight or obese may require more daily Vitamin D to make up for this effect. Increase intake! 
  • Age– Our body has a decreased ability to synthesise Vitamin D from sun exposure, as much as 25% over the age of 70. Although this can cause an impact, it doesn’t cause as much of a deficiency as the other risk factors. 
  • General fatigue– lack of Vitamin D has always been a potential cause of being overlooked. Vitamin D itself is proven to boost energy from within the cells. It is vital for the efficiency of our muscles work, and muscle fatigue is a common symptom in Vitamin D deficiency. 

Getting enough Vitamin D Is essential in our day-to-day lives as not only does it boost your immune system; it keeps you healthy and fight against diseases and bacteria that cause illness. Unfortunately, people with strict vegan diets are unable to get their natural source of Vitamin D from their regular food. Hence they need to absorb them via plant-based supplements.  

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Foods with Vitamins D

These are some of the food that contains Vitamin D- something you may want to look at if you are planning for a dietary meal. Be sure to include them. 

  • Definitely dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt. 
  • Fish like sardines, salmon and rainbow trout. 
  • Calcium-fortified food such as orange juice and soy milk. 
  • Egg yolks as most of the fat, minerals and vitamins are in there. 
  • Cereal and oatmeal are fortified with Vitamin D. 

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Lastly, the big D-word. 

Spending time under the sun is definitely a more natural way to get your daily dose of Vitamin D, compared to getting it from food or supplements. But more often than not, people are not getting enough due to our daily lifestyle. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that helps your bones grow and stay strong and builds up the immune system to fight against viruses and bacteria.

However, according to studies, too much of Vitamin D can be slightly harmful to your body. Again, Tropika Club always recommends you to check with a healthcare specialist on the amount of intake.  

Always keep your health in check. 

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Terence is Tropika Club Magazine's deputy editor who loves learning about animals and their behavior. He is also an anthropologist, so he is very interested in how different cultures interact with animals. He has worked in the publishing industry for over 10 years, and have been lucky enough to work with some amazing authors and editors.

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