If you spend most of your time indoors, live north of the Tropic of Cancer, tend to avoid dairy, or follow a predominantly vegan diet, you are at risk of having low levels of Vitamin D. Known as the Sunshine, Feel Good vitamin, it is produced by the body in response to the skin being exposed to sunlight. It also occurs naturally in a few foods including some fish, fish liver oils, egg yolks, and fortified dairy and grain products.
What Does Vitamin D Deficiency Look Like?
Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body use calcium from the diet. Rickets is a disease in which the bone tissue doesn’t properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities. It also contributes to osteoporosis.
Subtle symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can mean you have a vitamin D deficiency.
Research suggests that vitamin D could play a role in the prevention of a number of different conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and some autoimmune disorders.
The best way to know if you are low in Vitamin D is to measure Vitamin D in your body with the 25-hydroxy vitamin D (D3) blood test.
Sunscreen inhibits Vitamin D production, but prevents against skin cancer. So be diligent with Screen and get your levels of Vitamin D checked.