Vitamin D is crucial for our overall health.
It is a fat soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods and in sunlight.
“It acts like a hormone in that it is made from cholesterol and is needed for calcium and phorsphorous absorption and utilization”.Optimal Wellness, Golan, Ralph MD
This is important for we need it for growth of bones and teeth. Without it, our bones can become brittle which is a concern for the elderly as well as bone growth in children.
Recent studies have even shown that Vitamin D “has other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation”.https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/
The most common symptoms of low Vitamin D are the following:
- Getting sick frequently, easily or often
- Fatigue, tired all the time
- Chronic pain, in muscles and bone
- Depression or anxiety
- Gut issues
- Wounds that don’t heal due to blood sugar issues
- Bones that break easily due to softening of bones
- Hair loss
- Generalized weakness
- Weight gain
“Vitamin D deficiency is a serious health problem with numerous health consequences; it is associated with diabetes, rheumatic arthritis, Parkinson, Alzheimer diseases, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, and fractures in adults and cancers. Many reports showed an inverse association between serum vitamin D concentration and incidence of several cancers, including breast, colorectal, kidney, lung, and pancreatic. About 20 different cancers have incidence rates inversely related to solar UV-B doses and serum vitamin D concentration.”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5802611/
So how do you know if you have low vitamin D? It is a simple blood test any doctor or naturopath physician can order.
So be proactive in your health, and if you if you have any of the above symptoms or concerns, speak with your doctor or naturopath. Spending time in the sun is ideal, but a good quality supplement may be all that you need to improve your quality of life and health.