10 Signs That Your Body Definitely Needs More Vitamin D

11What Causes Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms?

One of the main causes of vitamin D deficiency is the inadequate exposure to sunlight because the sun is one of the main sources of vitamin D3 which helps release serotonin and dopamine into the body. An unhealthy diet is also the cause for vitamin D deficiency.

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What Causes Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms

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12Aging and other factors

Aging reduces the kidney’s ability to convert vitamin D to calcitriol which is the active form of the vitamin. Poor digestion and digestive issues are also another common cause where digestive tract problems lead to poor absorption of the vitamin. Kidney and liver disease also retards the absorption of vitamin D.

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13How obesity and weight gain impacts vitamin D

Obesity and weight gain also hinders vitamin D absorption. Obesity as defined by a BMI in excess of 30. Vitamin D is extracted from the blood with the help of fat cells, if there is excess fat in the body, a lesser amount of vitamin D will be released into the circulatory system. Thus it was also found in studies that those with high levels of belly fat were more likely to suffer a vitamin D deficiency.

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14Sources of vitamin D

Sunlight may be the main source of vitamin D, but this doesn’t mean you can’t get it form a healthy diet. The foods rich in vitamin D are eggs and fish especially the fatty kind like mackerel, salmon, tuna and cod. Other sources are red meat, oyster, liver and shrimp.

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While supplements are the easiest source of vitamin D, you can also get it by exposing your body to the sun for ten minutes every day. If this is not an option, a light box that provides a supply of 10,000 lux of full-spectrum light for 30 minutes each morning. This is helpful for the winter months too.

If you observe any of the symptoms mentioned here, do not start supplementation yourself, but consult a doctor.

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