It’s not quite time for your grandchild’s afternoon nap but you’re exhausted. And you’re feeling blue. In fact, you’ve been like this more often than not. Could it be a vitamin D deficiency?
During the cold months, we stay inside more often. In addition, we may fear too much sun exposure when it warms up. If we’re rarely out of doors and don’t get enough vitamin D from the foods we eat, we can end up with a deficiency. The combination of sunshine on our skin and milk in our tummies helps to ensure our reserves. Haven’t we told our grandchildren to “get some sunshine” or “drink up” when it comes to their milk? The same goes for grandmas and grandpas.
- Muscle pain
- Bone loss
- Slow-healing wounds
- Depression or moodiness
- Tiredness and exhaustion
- Getting sick often
- Back or chronic pain
- Hair loss in women
- Rising blood pressure
- Loss of strength and stamina
Of course, there are many other health concerns that can cause these same symptoms so check with your doctor to be sure of the cause.
If the root of the problem is a deficiency, it may be an easy one to fix. Ask your doctor about supplements and a nutritional plan to help get you back on track. If the consumption of dairy foods is out of the question, increase your intake of greens and enjoy more time outdoors. Remember the adage, “All things in moderation.” Also make sure to wear sun protection for prolonged exposure.
When Your Symptoms Have Improved – Keep it That Way
What is the opposite of a deficiency? Imagine the possibilities:
- Less pain may mean more activity– with your grandkids.
- Stronger bones can mean fewer fractures now and in the future.
- Faster healing wounds will keep you out of the doctor’s office and mean less fuss with medications and bandaging.
- Being well-rested, with a better mood, and increased endurance increases your zest for life.
- Less sickness keeps you away from the drug store and in your social arenas.
- Lower blood pressure is better for cardiac health and stroke prevention.
- Thicker hair is great for your appearance and self-esteem.
Finally, if you suffer from any of the symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency, don’t discount the signs. It may mean a simple fix to get you back on your toes and out with your grands. Why avoid something so simple?