I won’t make you go far for the answer to this question, but I do have a follow up question.
Did vitamin D deficiency ruin my life? No.
Could vitamin D deficiency ruin your life?
There’s a reason overall happiness is lower in places where people get significantly less sunlight. It’s not because sun rays are magical happiness beams that those people are getting less of than the rest of us.
The lack of happiness stems from a vitamin D deficiency because vitamin D plays a crucial role in so many functions of the body. Without enough vitamin D, those functions aren’t working properly, and the end result of that is weakened bones, weakened muscles, a weakened immune system, and inconsistent moods. These issues can lead to many other issues.
If you weakened your bones, muscles and immune system, and you had increased mood volatility, you probably would be less happy than you are now. I’m open to being told I’m wrong, and would be very interested in having that conversation.
Decreased Happiness = A Ruined Life?
Not always. However, it doesn’t take much for vitamin D deficiency to add up to a ruined life, especially when depression is involved.
If your bones and muscles are weakened it’s much easier to sustain a serious injury.
If you compound a serious injury with a weakened immune system, the threat of infection is higher, the time to heal is much longer, and now a preventable injury becomes far more serious and potentially life threatening. A disruption in life like this can lead to all sorts of potential difficulties.
Also don’t underestimate the impact of an unstable mood. That can have a negative impact on relationships very quickly. Suffering relationships can certainly ruin someone’s life.
If all of these things are happening and you don’t even realize you are vitamin D deficient, then what makes you think it will get better without intervention?
How To Tell If You Are Vitamin D Deficient
Did vitamin D deficiency ruin my life? No. Texas has more than enough vitamin D raining down from the skies everyday.
Could it ruin your life? Certainly.
Does it have to? Absolutely not.
Regardless of where you live, you can avoid vitamin D deficiency, but you have to start by understanding where you are right now.
Not physically. Hopefully you’re aware of your geographical location…
What I mean is start by understanding if you currently get enough vitamin D from your lifestyle.
Here are the common signs of vitamin D deficiency:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Bone and joint pain
- Not sleeping well
- Impaired wound healing
- Depression and/or mood changes
- Hair loss
- Impaired immune system
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These can be symptoms of other things as well, so it’s important to closely analyze what you’re experiencing and how it compares to this list. It’s also important to consult with your healthcare professional about properly diagnosing and addressing the issues you are experiencing.
If you’ve gone through a reasonable diagnosis and arrived at the conclusion that you are vitamin D deficient, then there’s good news – the solution should be cheap, easy, and best of all, NATURAL.
Natural Treatment for Vitamin D Deficiency
Your healthcare professional likely had recommendations for you that will vary based on where you live, your lifestyle, your physical condition, and other factors. It’s important to take these recommendations seriously.
It’s also very important to take action as soon as possible. If you have easy access to sunlight, roll your sleeves up and sit in the sun for at least 10-15 minutes each day.
You should also consider including vitamin D-rich foods in your diet as soon as reasonable.
Once you’ve acknowledged that vitamin D deficiency could be a problem, it shouldn’t take long to address it. You may notice improvement in some ways almost immediately.
This can’t be a one-time dose. Consistency is the only way to address or prevent vitamin D deficiency long-term. Make vitamin D a priority in your routine, and you’ll notice yourself start to feel better over time.
How Do I Keep Vitamin D Deficiency From Ruining My Life?
Stay calm. Prevention and treatment look a lot a like.
SUNLIGHT – If you can get it, get it. Sunlight is the best way to increase your body’s vitamin D production.
Now maybe you live in the northwest where it’s cloudy all the time, or maybe you live in that one place in Alaska where it’s dark 24/7 for part of the year, and sunlight just isn’t available. That’s ok!
VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS – These are an affordable and effective way to get vitamin D when you don’t have as much access to sunlight. If you aren’t sure where to begin shopping for a vitamin D supplement you can trust…
Vitamin D supplementation is great to ensure your vitamin D floor is consistently either sufficient, or puts you within reach of sufficiency with vitamin D from your diet.
But they are called “supplements” for a reason. Supplements aren’t meant to stand on their own. They are meant to SUPPLEMENT something else.
Foods Rich in Vitamin D
If you don’t have sufficient access to good sunlight, vitamin D supplements might not be enough to provide your body with what it needs. You also need to make an effort to consume foods that are rich in vitamin D to maintain a sufficient level of vitamin D.
What foods are rich in vitamin D?
I’m so glad you asked…
- Fatty fish
- Cod liver oil
- Egg yolks
Other foods are fortified with vitamin D, which means vitamin D is added to the food as part of the processing.
- Cow’s milk
- Soy milk
- Orange juice
- Cereal and oatmeal
Don’t Let Vitamin D Deficiency Ruin Your Life
Whether you are already struggling with vitamin D deficiency, or you are interested in making sure you don’t have to struggle with it in the future, you should be prioritizing vitamin D consumption every single day.
For some people, especially in the southern US, it’s much easier. Simply spend a few minutes outside each day and you probably won’t have any issues with it.
If you’re worried maybe you don’t get enough sunlight, or maybe your diet just doesn’t offer enough vitamin D, then find a quality vitamin D supplement.
Most of us have easy and cheap access to vitamin D, but we don’t prioritize it the way we should. Spending too much time inside, eating a poor diet that lacks whole foods, and not supplementing. Then when problems arise, vitamin D deficiency is not commonly the first thing we suspect.
Natural remedies are powerful forces, especially when we use them properly.
Prioritize your vitamin D and feel better today, y’all!