Vitamin D is one of those go-to healthy bod essentials that only amp up one's quality of life. Some ways in which vitamin D is important to your body are; it supports bone development and strength, essential for muscle movement and flexibility, assists the nerves in delivering messages to and from your brain and body as well as the ever important sustainability of a robust immune system.
Here are some signs that may indicate you are vitamin D deficient and it’s time to ramp up on your vitamin D intake:
Increased sickness and infection rate:
Since vitamin D is essential to a strong immune system, it stands to reason that if you are continuously getting sick your vitamin D may in fact be too low.
Fatigue and elevated exhaustion:
A variety of studies show that low vitamin D levels are linked to poor sleep quality, shorter sleep duration and delayed bedtimes.
Bone and back pain:
Given that vitamin D is vital in ensuring that your body is able to absorb calcium, inadequate levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream are associated with chronic lower back pain, arthritis, muscle pain and achy bones.
It has been observed that there is a correlation between low vitamin D levels and low vibrational mood resulting in depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a primary example of how this is displayed in areas where there are cyclical weather changes.
Impacted wound healing:
Test tube studies demonstrate that vitamin D increases the production of compounds essential to forming new skin as part of the wound healing process. Vitamin D also helps control inflammation and this is critical for proper healing.
As we know, vitamin D is essential in calcium absorption and bone metabolism. It is not uncommon for elderly individuals to simultaneously experience decreased vitamin D and bone density as they age. Low bone mineral density is a direct indicator that your bones have lost calcium and other minerals.
Hair loss can be attributed to nutrient deficiencies, one of those being low levels of vitamin D. Some say that this is because low levels of this vitamin contribute to one's ability to process stress resulting in increased stress levels and therefore hair loss.
Vitamin D receptors are present in nerve cells called nociceptors - this is where we sense pain. According to one review, it is highly possible that vitamin D is therefore part of the signalling pathways which could play a role in chronic pain.
It has been confirmed that there is a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and both abdominal fat and increased weight. However, it can also be confirmed that this risk is more elevated in men.
Just like depression, vitamin D is linked to anxiety disorders. One study found that calcidiol levels (a form of vitamin D) is noticeably declined in individuals with anxiety.