Am I “D” Ficient?

Am I “D” Ficient?

The main reason people don’t get enough Vitamin D is lack of sunlight. This may be because you don’t spend enough time outdoors or use sunscreen. In addition, it can be difficult to get enough from the foods we eat. People with darker skin, older people with thinner skin, those who live in far north regions, pregnant women and those who are obese can be more prone to not getting enough.

The symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency can be somewhat vague, but may include tiredness and general aches and pains. If the lack is severe you may have pain in your bones and weakness, which may mean you have difficulty getting around. You may also have frequent infections. However, not everyone gets these symptoms.

The best way to determine if you are low is to see your doctor or health practitioner for a simple blood test. They can let you know the results and then also suggest the correct course of action or supplementation to increase your levels. Of course now that it is summer time try to get outdoors to get it the natural way. Sunscreen of course is important to avoid damage your complexion and skin cancer, but if you go out early in the morning between 7-9am for 20-30 minutes or less you can get the “D” you need without too much risk.

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