Did you know that in February and March, the body’s vitamin D reserves reach their lowest level? According to medical experts, 90 % of patients are currently found to be deficient in vitamin D when tested.
“Vaidilė Strazdienė, MD, PhD, of the Baltic and American Clinic, points out that vitamin D deficiency has a negative impact on the body, leading to a number of health problems.
Symptoms signalling vitamin D deficiency
Research shows that vitamin D is vital for activating the human immune system. The sunshine vitamin not only reduces the risk of flu and colds, tuberculosis and bone disease, but also of colorectal, breast and prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis and other diseases.
What are the signs that our body is deficient in vitamin D?
Recurrent colds or flu
Vitamin D strengthens our immune system, helping it to fight off attacks from various viruses and bacteria. Frequent colds, other respiratory infections or flu can be a sign that your body is deficient in vitamin D.
Lack of energy, passivity, and the desire to rest or sleep often betray a lack of vitamin D in your blood. Even a slight deficiency of vitamin D can cause fatigue every day. Even a small deficiency of vitamin D has been shown to have a negative impact on a person’s activity level.
Tendency to depression, low mood
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to depression, especially in older people. Researchers have even shown that reversing vitamin D deficiency can alleviate the symptoms of both common and seasonal depression.
Slow healing wounds
Vitamin D fights infections and suppresses the body’s inflammatory processes, which helps wounds heal. Wounds from surgery or simple injuries are slow and difficult to heal if the vitamin is deficient.
Development of osteoporosis
In the elderly, vitamin D helps prevent osteoporosis and reduces the risk of bone fractures. People with osteoporosis can suffer a fracture even from minor trauma. Osteoporosis has no symptoms or signs until the bones break, which is why it is known as the “silent epidemic”.
Bone, back and muscle pain
Vitamin D contributes to healthy bones by improving the absorption of calcium. Deficiencies in this vitamin can lead to a range of bone pains, including lower back pain. Vitamin D deficiency can also lead to chronic, often troublesome muscle pain.