We may assume we are good to go with Vitamin D as long as we are drinking enough milk. But it turns out, according to scientists, Vitamin D in sunlight is also needed to keep our bones strong and our body healthy.
As people age, and reach 50 or older, they are especially vulnerable to this deficiency. If you have milk allergies or eat a vegan diet with no meat or dairy you are also at risk. Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin that is produced by the body when it is exposed to sunlight.
So any outdoor time that you can log, will help to keep your body charged with Vitamin D. Quick walks, work in the garden, coffee on the balcony in the morning – whatever gets you outside will add to your quota of Vitamin D.
If you are too busy, or just prefer staying in more during cool weather, do a quick check of these signs for Vitamin D deficiency. Then add outdoor time and consider Vitamin D supplements. Your doctor can check your Vitamin D level and decide if supplements are needed.
Have you noticed muscle weakness?
Do your legs feel heavy or is stair climbing more of an effort than it used to be? Especially in older people, this could be a circulatory problem. Weaker muscles reduce mobility which limits the ability to get outside and get more sunshine Vitamin D.
Are you tired out most of the time?
Stiff joints, leg pain and fatigue are general signs of a vitamin D deficiency.
Are you having head sweating?
New mothers often notice this in newborns and physicians say it is a common sign of Vitamin D deficiency.
Have you gained weight?
Vitamin D and the hormone leptin work together to tell the body when it is full. If Vitamin D is missing that cue to stop eating does not kick in.
Do you have stomach problems?
Deficiencies in Vitamin D can lead to inflammatory bowel disease with ulcerative colitis or Chrohn’s disease. This can also create more problems interfering with fat absorption.
Are you having mood swings?
Vitamin D is actually a hormone working to keep bones, muscles and teeth in good shape. It also activates genes that affect the brain and a deficiency can trigger depression.
Don’t ignore the signs. To keep the body functioning well start now. Simply take steps, having your doctor check your Vitamin D level, and make room in your schedule for outdoor activities. For most people outdoor time also brings its own dose of wellbeing.
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