Your body makes Vit D from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to sunlight. It’s also found in certain foods such as fatty fish like Salmon and pasture-raised whole eggs, especially yolks.
Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to get enough from diet alone.
It’s estimated that about 1 billion people worldwide have low levels of the vitamin in their blood.
Studies reveal that about 50% of adults in the US are deficient. This number goes up to about 70% in Hispanics and 85% in African-Americans.
These 5 important warning signs can suggest and warn you that you have low vitamin D levels:
You Get Sick Often
Vit D helps boost your immune system. This is one reason people get sick more during the winter, colder months. Less sunlight and thus, less Vitamin D.
Feel Tired & Fatigue
Low levels of Vit D are linked to fatigue, especially in women.
My suggestion is to take a balanced Vit D3 + K2 supplement and see how you feel after a month or two. If you feel more energized, then that’s a clear sign that you need more D.
Pain – Bone & Back and/or Muscle
Vit D helps maintain bone health and strength. So, if you are having bone pain or even back pain, this could be a sign you’re lacking in Vit D.
What’s very important to know is that you need to take Vitamin D3 with K2 because they work together by the fact Vit K2 takes excess calcium out of the arteries and puts it directly into the bones- where it belongs.
Poor Wound Healing
Low Vit D causes inflammation, which impairs and slows wound healing.
If you’re going to have surgery or you notice you’re not healing from regular cuts as fast as you used to, consider supplementing extra Vit D3 & K2.
Feeling “Blah” or Unhappy
Lastly, “blah” or unhappy is also linked to low levels of Vit D – we can see this during the summer versus winter months. The more sunlight we get, the happier we tend to be and Vit D is one factor.
If you tend to be more “down” or are going through some tough times, you should try higher doses of D3 & K2 and see how you feel during the next few weeks.
If you’re feeling 2 or 3 or more of these 5 symptoms, you might have Vit D deficiency or just even sub-optimal levels.
Luckily it’s a very easy fix – take Perfect Vitamin D3 & K2 which is what I personally take, and try to get more sun!