Vitamin D deficiency seems to be such a common problem, with 1 in 3 adult Australians having it. I was diagnosed some time ago as having very low levels. I could not believe it!
I live in one of the most sunniest places in Australia, rarely wear sunscreen and regularly eat eggs!
Once I started taking supplements, I felt so much better and it alleviated a range of health problems I was having.
So, how do you know if you have a deficiency? Check out these symptoms and see if you can relate.
* depression, especially in the winter months
* muscle weakness
* bone pain
* inability to lose weight/weight gain
* mood swings
* difficulty concentrating
* low immunity (catching everything that’s going around)
It’s actually quite a serious problem and long-term low levels of Vitamin D are also associated with asthma, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, MS, osteoporosis, stroke, heart problems and more! Don’t get freaked out, but just be aware!
It’s important to get a blood test from your health care practitioner to confirm your levels and then take advice from there.
So as well as taking a daily supplement, I also:
* get out in the sun late afternoon, without sunscreen, for about half an hour (I go for a walk most days)
* up my intake of Vitamin D rich foods like fatty fish like mackerel and sardines and egg yolks. Fortified organic milk and other dairy products, and beef liver all help too, but I am not so keen on those!
With one in three of us having this health problem, I wanted to share my story, in case one of you can benefit from getting it checked out.
Talk to me: has anyone experienced problems with Vitamin D?