What Using Vitamin D Every Day Does to Your Body: Eat This, Not That

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that our body needs to help absorb calcium and keep bones healthy. Although not found naturally in many foods, it can be obtained from salmon, sardines, fortified milk and cereals. In addition, your body produces vitamin D when you are exposed to direct sunlight because it converts a chemical in your skin into an active form of the vitamin. That said, vitamin D deficiency is a common health problem that many face due to certain medical conditions such as Crohn’s disease that make it difficult to absorb vitamin D or other reasons and according to the Cleveland Clinic, “Vitamin D deficiency is a common global problem. About 1 billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient, while 50% of the population has vitamin D insufficiency. About 35% of adults of the United States are vitamin D deficient.” As a result, many turn to supplements and Eat This, Not That! Health spoke to experts who share what to expect when taking vitamin D daily. As always, consult your doctor for medical advice and before taking supplements. Many can have adverse interactions with certain medications and cause harmful side effects. Read on, and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.

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Lisa Richards, nutritionist and author of the Candida diet explains, “The signs and symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency can easily be passed off as a side effect of your busy and exhausting lifestyle. But chronic fatigue and other symptoms can be signs of a serious vitamin D deficiency . Other surprising signs of vitamin D deficiency include hair loss, muscle pain, and depression.”

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Sad BestMPH, RD, LD says, “Taking vitamin D daily can boost your immune health and energy. Vitamin D supplementation can be beneficial, especially for those with a known deficiency, because it can be difficult to get through the diet. Some symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are commonly confused with those of other conditions. Chronic fatigue associated with vitamin D can also be confused with fatigue associated with aging or typical life stress.”

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Richards says, “Vitamin D is essential to allow your body to use the calcium that is given to support bone growth and health. When vitamin D levels are low, this process is not as efficient and the our bones can weaken. Although we may not notice it initially, the side effects of our chronic vitamin D deficiency can show up later in life through brittle bones.”

According to Richards, “Vitamin D is becoming popular because of its immune support benefits that have been observed. The active form of vitamin D will help mitigate the body’s inflammatory response and increase the body’s production of immune cells. “.

Best tells us, “The relief you feel from your fatigue once you correct a vitamin D deficiency is surprisingly significant. If you have chronic fatigue, muscle weakness, mood disorders, and/or bone weakness, it’s you may be experiencing a vitamin D deficiency.”

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According to Best, “Because vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, it is possible to reach toxic levels of this vitamin when taken in supplement form. Side effects are relatively mild at first and include nausea, vomiting, frequent urination and kidney problems. However, it can lead to more serious effects such as bone stones and poor kidneys. Vitamin D is a nutrient responsible for increasing the absorption of calcium, phosphate, and magnesium. The average individual needs between 400 and 4000 IU per day.”

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