Feeling continually run down and tired? Have aches and pains that don’t seem to disappear? Then you may be suffering from a vitamin D deficiency.
Living in the UK makes getting enough vitamin D difficult, leaving many people with symptoms which are often misdiagnosed and incorrectly treated.
Vitamin D has major health benefits, including bone health, muscle growth and helping to lower high blood pressure. Not getting enough of this vital vitamin can seriously impact your health and wellbeing. Here are some tell-tale signs that you may have a vitamin D deficiency.
Your mood has changed
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as the winter blues, is a form of depression that the NHS estimates to affect around one in 15 people in the UK (1). Studies have shown that an effective treatment for SAD is exposure to sunlight or intensive vitamin D supplementation (2).
Coughs and colds
When winter is coming, evidence suggests that vitamin D can help boost the immune system. Scientists have discovered that vitamin D is crucial to activating the body’s immune defences and if you’re not getting enough vitamin D, the killer cells of the immune system will not be able to fight off serious infections in the body – meaning you’ll get more frequent coughs and colds! (3)
Aches and pains
A lack of the sunshine vitamin may cause mysterious aches and pains. Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and chronic fatigue (4).
The role of vitamin D is to help to regulate calcium and avoid bone conditions such as osteoporosis and rickets in children. In fact, cases of rickets have increased more than 400 per cent over the last 16 years, meaning that it is more important than ever to ensure children are getting enough of the vitamin.
The sunshine vitamin is thought to influence sleep quality and quantity. Researchers say that deficiency is associated with less sleep or disrupted sleep (6) and plays a role in sleeping disorders, which have reached epidemic proportions (7). Lack of sleep has a knock-on effect to your mood and energy levels when you wake up, too.
If you suffer from headaches or migraines, it may be because you have a low intake of vitamin D. Migraine attacks cause terrible side effects; though painkillers can ease the symptoms, they may only work for some patients.
According to the Vitamin D Council, studies show people with low vitamin D levels may be at risk of migraine pain that is not relieved by pain killers. Vitamin D is important for reducing inflammation related to migraine (8).
Best to test
If you’re worried you may be vitamin D deficient, you can test your vitamin D levels in the comfort of your own home. BetterYou distributes the test kit for the NHS, which uses a simple and painless finger-prick test that you can pop in the post.
Following the testing, end users are provided with a complimentary sample of BetterYou’s DLux Vitamin D Oral Spray (at a dosage relevant to their results), to help them reach optimum vitamin D levels.
Health is just a spray away
Public Health England recommends that everyone should take a daily vitamin D supplement during autumn and winter.
BetterYou’s oral vitamin spray range offers convenience and proven absorption, which traditional tablets, capsules and drops (which all rely upon an increasingly inefficient digestive system) simply can’t.
An oral spray does not require you to take it with water, it does not need to be taken with food and it is easy to use on the go. It’s a great option for children who can find tablets difficult to swallow and for women experiencing morning sickness.
BetterYou supports National Vitamin D Awareness Week which runs from 24-30 October 2016 #VitDaware