How do you know if you are suffering from a vitamin deficiency? Many of the initial symptoms can often be misunderstood and swept under the rug, especially since they are so similar to those of a common cold.
If you have had a vitamin deficiency in the past, look out for these signs which could get progressively worse without seeing your general practitioner. A simple blood test will determine if you do have a deficiency (most commonly vitamin D and vitamin B12).
High blood pressure
Not only does regular Vitamin D (in both food and sun) help to keep your mind healthy and happy, but it controls your blood pressure as well. Getting some sun on a daily basis can do a world of good for your overall wellbeing and will relax your entire body.
Headaches, migraines and even pain in your arms and legs are all symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency. Make sure to document them if they turn severe or get out of hand, and see your doctor.
Did you know that women who have a Vitamin D deficiency are more likely to suffer from depression than men?
Don’t withdraw or keep to yourself and make sure to tell someone about the severity of the pain you are suffering from. A burden is always lightened with the support of a friend or family member.
Sometimes misconstrued for simple PMS, but it can also be linked to a Vitamin D deficiency. If you don’t get enough serotonin it can certainly impact your mood and is also linked to depression.
Ever find yourself feeling tired and lethargic even after a good nights sleep? If your levels of vitamin D are relatively low, it can make you feel sleepy during the day, which is especially difficult if your job is being compromised by your energy levels.
Sources of Vitamin D
- Whole grains
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