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Signs and Symptoms You Need to Be Getting More Vitamin D

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Signs and Symptoms You Need to Be Getting More Vitamin D

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Vitamin D has been proven to have a variety of health benefits. Studies have shown that it can help lower your blood pressure, regulate insulin levels, support the immune system, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Painful Bones and Joints

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“Vitamin D assists in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and aids bone mineralization, helping keep bones strong,” Elle Eastwood, Naturopath and Nutritionist, says. ”Subjects with vitamin D deficiency are nearly twice as likely to encounter bone pain in their ribs and legs compared to those with levels in the normal range.”

Generalized Muscle Weakness

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“Skeletal muscle contains vitamin D receptors. Vit D aids in the contraction of muscle cells, therefore deficiency can result in impaired muscle function including weakness and fatigue,” Eastwood says. “Getting out of chairs without using the arms and walking up stairs may be difficult.”

Depressed Mood

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“Vitamin D receptors have been found in the brain, leading to new research into the link between vitamin D and its effect on mood and mental health problems,” Eastwood says. “Low levels of vitamin D have been shown to make an individual more susceptible to developing depression.” Additionally, she says that deficiency may also lead to decreased cognitive function.

Psoriasis

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“Vitamin D helps regulate cellular growth in various tissues, including the epithelial tissue of the skin,” Eastwood says. “[Vitamin D] deficiency is common in people with chronic psoriasis and most often seen in winter when sunlight is at a minimum.”

Fatigue

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“If you frequently feel tired or become easily fatigued after a normal day, you may have a Vitamin D deficiency,” Dr. Ryan Harvey, Deputy Clinical Director at House Call Doctor, says.

Frequent Colds and Flus

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“Studies show those with low levels of vitamin D have increased incidence of respiratory tract infections,” Eastwood says. “Vitamin D exerts anti-microbial activity, acting as a potent immune enhancer.”

Irritable Bowels

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“People who have a Vitamin D deficiency may notice a disturbance in their bowel behavior; bowel habits may change causing loose stools or even constipation,” Harvey says. “If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, consult your GP for further information and advice.”

Frequent Fractures

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“Low vitamin D levels can cause low bone density, leading to a weakening in the structural integrity of the bones, making the bones susceptible to injury and fracture,” Eastwood says.

Autoimmune Conditions

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“[Vitamin D] is intricately involved in the modulation of the immune system, Eastwood says. “Vitamin D deficiency is frequently seen in those with autoimmune conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and type 1 diabetes.”

High Blood Pressure

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“Several animal and observational studies have shown associations between low vitamin D levels and increased blood pressure,” Eastwood says. “This is thought to be due to several mechanisms including vitamin D's effect on vascular smooth muscle.” The jury is still out on whether vitamin D supplementation can reduce blood pressure as further larger scale studies are required, she adds.

Malaise

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“Vitamin D deficiencies can also cause ‘malaise,’ which is described as having little or no energy for your everyday life,” Harvey says. “When you are experiencing malaise, everyday chores require more energy to complete and can even seem overwhelming.”

Respiratory Illness

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“If you have pre-existing asthma or another respiratory illness, a Vitamin deficiency can make your wheeze worse and cause you to experience more frequent shortness of breath,” Harvey says.