The only real way of knowing if you are Vitamin D deficient is to have a blood test.
As our understanding of Vitamin D improves, we have discovered that Vitamin D is crucial to bone development, heart health and is so important that all cells have a need for Vitamin D.
Are you at risk of Vitamin D?
Risk Factors include
- Being overweight
- An indoor lifestyle
- Dark Skin
- Living far from the equator
- Using Sunscreen
- Being fully covered outdoors
If you are deficient in Vitamin D, you could suffer from the following
- Getting Sick Often. Vitamin D is essential for your immune system to fight off illness. Suffering from repeated cold is associated with vitamin D deficiency.
- Feeling Fatigued and tired. Low levels of Vitamin D are associated with fatigue.
- Bone and Back Pain.
- Slow wound Healing
- Bone Loss
- Hair Loss
The key step if you are concerned about your Vitamin D level is to test your levels. Consult your doctor for advice on how to safely raise your Vitamin D levels.
In consultation with your doctor
- Be in the morning or afternoon sun for 15-20minutes
- Take supplementation
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