Are you getting enough vitamin D? I found out I wasn't years ago. I have been taking 5000 IUs ever since. I can totally tell the difference when I don't take it.
Vitamin D is one of the many nutrients and minerals your body requires. Vitamin D is needed for healthy bones and teeth, and helps protect against conditions like type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis and cancer. So you definitely have to get your daily requirement of vitamin D. How do you tell when you are not receiving enough of this important health booster? If any of the following 5 symptoms sound familiar, you're probably not getting enough vitamin D.
1 - You Have Dark Skin
The darker your skin, the harder it is for your body to create vitamin D. This is because the biggest source of vitamin D is exposure to the sun. When you have dark skin, your pigments actually act as a natural sunscreen. In just 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure to their skin most people trigger enough vitamin D manufacturing. However, if you have dark skin, you could need 10 times more sun exposure to produce the same amount of healthy vitamin D.
2 - You Are Over 50
As you age, two things happen that negatively affect your vitamin D levels. First, your skin naturally does not produce as much vitamin D in response to exposure to the sun. Secondly, your kidneys are not as good at converting vitamin D into a form your body can use. If you are over 50, you may want to consider getting a little more sun exposure, or taking a daily vitamin D supplement.
3 - You Are Overweight or Obese
Body fat actually "collects" vitamin D. So if you are overweight, you need to create more vitamin D than someone who is slim or of average weight. The same holds true if you have a heavy body weight due to above average muscle mass.
4 - Your Head Sweats A Lot
If you frequently have a sweaty head, you may be vitamin D deficient. If you catch yourself sweating from the neck up when no one else is perspiring, and this happens often, you need to get more vitamin D. This is one of the first things doctors ask new mothers about their newborns, since vitamin D is so important for proper growth and development.
5 - You are Chronically Tired, Accompanied by Aches and Pains in Your Bones
Chronic fatigue accompanied by bone aches is a classic sign of vitamin D deficiency. However, it is sometimes misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. In many cases, simply getting enough vitamin D into your body can reverse this condition in a short period of time.
In Health & Peace,
p.s. Here's the brand I take daily. I'd love to hear what brand you take and why.