The human body can tell if you’re meeting enough levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D is perhaps one of the top 5 most essential vitamins for the human body. The lack of it could lead to serious ailments and diseases
According to Dr. Michael Holick from Boston University Medical Center, vitamin D is the vitamin that can best be derived from the sun as about 80-90% of our vitamin D comes from bathing under the sun. It is very important for mental, skin, and bone health.
Contrary to popular belief that a healthy diet gives us all the nutrients that the body needs, Dr. Holick says it is just not enough. Even the daily supplements of the vitamin do not contain sufficient level required by the human body.
According to the National Institutes of Health Office and Dietary Supplements, a three ounces serving of salmon contains 450 IU of vitamin D. Other than that, what we commonly thought as best source of vitamin D such as the classic orange juice and fortified milk, only contain 137 IU and 120 IU per glass respectively.
An average adult would need 600 IUs of Vitamin D. those who are over 70 years old would need 800 IUs of the vitamin. This is the recommended value by the Institutes of Medicine. However, Holick says the safe and effective levels of vitamin D on a human body would be 1000 to 2000 IUs in a day. That’s why the doctor insists soaking up the sun would help us meet the required level of vitamin D. Otherwise the deficiency of the vitamin could lead to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis. While children who have not met the required level could have a greater risk for rickets.
Your body might be telling you you’re not meeting the daily dose of vitamin D. Here are the signs you need to look out for.
- Aching bones and muscles. If it does so especially in winter, you need to get out and do any activity under the sun.
- You’re sad most of the time. That’s because low levels of Vitamin D could decrease the levels of the happy hormones called serotonin to the body.
- You’re over 50 years old.
- You’re obese or overweight. The fact that vitamin D is fat-soluble could only mean that if there is higher level of fats in the body, it will affect vitamin D level in the blood.
- You sweat in the head profusely.
- You’re suffering from gut problems.