Presence of vitamin D in our body is really important for bones, mental health and skin. But, most of the people take this vitamin D deficiency very likely. Dr. Michael F. Holick, M.D., Ph.D says that 80 to 90 percent of vitamin D comes from the exposure of Sun. Though, there are plenty of other products that contain vitamin D yet they are not better than the Sun light.
It goes without saying that most of the health institutes claim that adults and children should get 70 to 600 IUs of vitamin D on daily basis. But, Holick, does not agree with this recommendation. He says that at least 1,500 to 2,000 IUs should be preferred otherwise IUs will not effectively work.
Here are the 7 signs of vitamin D deficiency
1. Your bones ache:
Holick says that in winter most of the vitamin D deficiency patients feel too much pain in muscles and bones.
2. You’ve got the blues:
Holick opines that vitamin D is very beneficial for neurotransmitter serotonin. He says that we have researched that vitamin D supplements have great results on the bone-ache patients in the winter season.
3. You’re 50 or older:
According to the American Cancer Society, with every passing year of your age, the largest organ of your body – skin- does not get the same vitamin D content which you usually receive in the juvenile age.
4. You’re overweight or obese:
Obesity has nothing to do with deficiency of vitamin D but the raising concentration of body fats affects the levels of vitamin D in the blood. It happens because this vitamin is not fat soluble, says Holick.
5. You have darker skin:
Holick holds the opinion that your skin pigment is natural sunscreen, however, those people who have dark skin need to get 10 times high sun exposure compared to others.
6. You’re a big-time head sweater:
History is full with examples that whosoever has sweaty head, he who must be suffering from the vitamin D deficiency.
7. You have gut trouble:
Those patients who are suffering from the inflammatory bowel disease have greater risk of vitamin D deficiency.
So how can you get your D safely?
Holick says that though there are plenty of vitamin D supplements yet the best way to obtain enough amount of vitamin D is to expose before the sun. He says that 90 percent of vitamin D is obtained from the Sun light. Hence, try to get as much sun light as you can otherwise the deficiency of vitamin D will create more troubles for you and your family.