Vitamin D is a vital vitamin that affects several systems throughout the human body. Unlike other vitamins, vitamin D functions in a way that is similar to a hormone. Every cell in your body has a receptor for it.
Whenever you are exposed to sunlight your body makes vitamin D from cholesterol. It can also be found in certain foods such as fatty fish and fortified dairy. While it is in these foods, it is difficult to get enough of it from diet alone.
Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common vitamin problems. It’s estimated that somewhere around 1 billion people worldwide have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood than they are supposed.
Some people have a higher risk for a vitamin D deficiency than others, this includes people who:
-Have dark skin
-Have a diet that is low in fish and dairy products
-Have low sun exposure or wear sunscreen whenever they go out
Many people are unaware that they have a vitamin D deficiency because most of the symptoms are hard to detect and start subtle. Some of the most common signs of a vitamin D deficiency include:
-Falling ill or getting infections frequently: Vitamin D helps to keep your immune system strong. Whenever you do not get enough vitamin D in your system you become vulnerable to illness and will have a more difficult time recovering.
-Always feeling tired: Whenever you have low levels of vitamin D it is common to feel persistent fatigue. You may feel like no matter how much sleep you get you are unable to feel rested. Taking a vitamin D supplement, getting an hour in the sun a day, and eating vitamin D rich foods can help supply you with energy.
-Depression: A depressed mood may also be a sign of vitamin D deficiency. Some studies have proven that giving vitamin D to people who are deficient helps improve depression, including seasonal depression that occurs during the colder months.
If you are curious about your vitamin D levels, come into Wellspire Medical Group for testing. We will help determine if you have any deficiencies, and make a plan to help get you back on track.
Wellspire Medical Group
8901 Farm to Market 1960 Bypass Road W #101
Humble, TX 77338