Sunday 21 July 2019

Five signs you're not getting enough Vitamin D

If your joints ache when you’re getting up in the morning, pay attention. You might need to monitor your vitamin D levels. 
If your joints ache when you’re getting up in the morning, pay attention. You might need to monitor your vitamin D levels. 

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Are you missing the summer sunlight as you pile on the winter layers? Well you might be missing more than you think as it has been found that there are now low levels of vitamin D across the Irish population.

This vitamin is essential for healthy skin, bones and mental health, so how do you know that you’re getting enough?

Here are 5 signs that you need to be getting more vitamin D:

Your Bones Ache

If your joints ache when you’re getting up in the morning, pay attention.  You might need to monitor your vitamin D levels.  Everybody has an ache or pain from time to time but adults (especially in wintertime) who have a deficiency in Vitamin D feel a stiffness in their joints when getting up.

You’re Over 50

As we get older, our skin does not make as much vitamin D. 
As we get older, our skin does not make as much vitamin D. 

As we get older, our skin does not make as much vitamin D.  In addition to this, our kidneys are less productive when it comes to converting that vitamin D for use in the body.  Coupled with the fact that as we get older we are likely to spend more time indoors, it is important to keep vitamin D levels front of mind.

Watch your Weight

A higher level of body fat has been proven to affect the levels of Vitamin D in our bloodstream.  As vitamin D is fat soluble, quite simply, the more body fat we have, the more this vitamin gets diluted so those that are watching their weight because they are over their desired level, need to also keep an eye out for potential vitamin D deficiency and may need more daily vitamin D. One way of getting Vitamin D into your diet is by having a fortified breakfast cereal with milk.

A Hot Head

Being ‘hot headed’ takes on a different meaning when it comes to vitamin D.  Strangely enough, having the sensation of a hot head is one of the first classic signs of a vitamin D deficiency and is one that doctors are trained to look out for.

Feeling Grumpy?

Vitamin D is perhaps best known to help levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin – often described as the feel good factor.  If you’re feeling down on a regular basis, check with your doctor.  It might be a vitamin D deficiency.

Ireland’s northerly latitude means that in the months between November to March there is a low level of sunlight which is inadequate for sufficient production of vitamin D in our bodies.  There’s never been a better time to ensure that you are getting enough vitamin D!

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