The Winter Solstice is rapidly approaching for those of us who are living in the northern hemisphere of the world.
What extra health concerns do we need to be aware of during this time of year?
The busy times with midterms for those of us in school, it always seems extra busy in the workplace too!
Everyone wanting to finish the year
There always seems to have other stresses during this time of year to the Holiday season affects people differently, and many have vacations that they need to take or the will lose it, just adding to the pressure.
But, the most significant effect to the Winter Solstice is the lack of sunlight and the reduction of Vitamin D that is available to us.
Vitamin D is crucial to the body in helping to keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy. It also helps to regulate the amount of calcium or phosphate in the body, which prevents all sorts of bones related issues.
Symptoms of Vitamin Deficiency Adults
People who experienced Vitamin D Deficiency are going to be at a higher risk of getting sick.
They can experience a lack of energy, feel fatigued, have headaches, and catch colds or the flu more easily.
Some people feel it in their bones, and it can manifest as pain in the bones or
They are showing signs of depression or bad moods with no apparent reason.
Low Vitamin D levels will impede the body from healing itself and cuts and bruises will heal slower.
Depending on the length of time that the deficiency persist it can lead to bones loss, especially in older people.
It can also contribute to hair loss and muscle pain.
Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency Adults
Lack of exposure to natural sunlight; if you are always covered when out in the sun, either by clothing or sunscreen, your body’s ability to make the required amount of Vitamin D is limited.
The risk is higher for people who are on diets restricting the natural sources of Vitamin D, which come from animal-based food sources like; fish, eggs, fortified milk, etc.
The darker the skin on a person also affects how much Vitamin D it can produce. Something to consider when thinking about analyzing your health.
Kidneys must function correctly for the body to convert Vitamin D to its active form, reducing the amount of Vitamin D that is available.
Our digestive system must be working correctly for Vitamin D distribution throughout the body as well, which applies to all vitamins and minerals.
Body weight does affect the risk of becoming deficient in Vitamin D because the fat cells extract Vitamin D and prevent it from being circulated in the bloodstream.
Signs Vitamin Deficiency Adults
If you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms:
- Fatigue and tiredness all the time.
- Bone or Back pain for no apparent reason.
- Depression without cause.
- Notice wounds healing slowly.
- Bone Loss or pain.
- Hair Loss
- Muscle Pain
- Increased Blood Pressure
A Vitamin D deficiency can cause these. It is not the only thing that can cause these symptoms, but many people will overlook the possible connection between vitamin deficiency and these types of symptoms.
Treating Vitamin D Deficiency Adults
There is blood test available to test for vitamin levels in your blood. It is worth it to get tested.
Even if you are not experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, the test will let you know where you stand and what type of supplement you need.
If you’re living in the far northern latitudes at this time of year, a vacation to a place where the sun is shining may be a treatment that you can do for yourself.
Some other benefits can come from that type of “treatment” trip, especially if you like the summertime conditions and need a break from the cold.
For many of us that is not an option, but we can make up the deficiency in vitamins with a good vitamin supplement.
It is better to play the odds-on vitamins and take a good supplement that has all the vitamins and minerals the body needs, regardless of the time of year.
That is not necessary for all, and it may be as simple as taking a supplement with just Vitamin D. Something to consider!
Having darker skin, being elderly, being overweight or obese, not eating enough fish or dairy, living far from the equator where there is little sun year-round, always using sunscreen when going out, or just staying indoors.
All these conditions are indicators of being at risk of becoming Vitamin D deficient.
It is vital that if you find yourself in any of these conditions to talk to your Doctor if you start experiencing any of the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency.
They can get the blood test ordered and find out what the issue is.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post and please leave any comments or suggestion on how to deal with the shortest daylight hours for those of us in the northern hemisphere.