Even if you love being in the sun, if you live in the US, you could (and
Here is an article from Dr. Mercola that lists the 7 signs that indicate that you may have a vitamin D deficiency.
The article talks about the risks of low levels of Vitamin D. What you can do to increase your levels.
There’s also a video of Dr. Mercola interviewing Dr. Michael Holick about Vitamin D. Well worth watching!
The 7 signs of vitamin D deficiency:
1. you've Darker Skin —
African Americans are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency, because if you've dark skin, you may need as much as 10 times more sun exposure to produce the same amount of vitamin D as a person with pale skin!
As Dr. Holick explained, your skin pigment acts as a natural sunscreen. The more pigment you've, the more time you’ll need to spend in the sun to make adequate amounts of vitamin D.
2. You Feel “Blue” —
Serotonin, the brain hormone associated with mood elevation, rises with exposure to bright light and falls with decreased sun exposure.
In 2006, scientists evaluated the effects of vitamin D on the mental health of 80 elderly patients and found those with the lowest levels of vitamin D were 11 times more prone to be depressed than those who received healthy doses.3
3. You’re 50 or Older — As mentioned, as you get older your skin doesn’t make as much vitamin D in response to sun exposure.
At the same time, your kidneys become less efficient at converting vitamin D into the form used by your body and older adults tend to spend more time indoors (i.e. getting even less sun exposure and therefore vitamin D).
Check back with for more Health News You Can Use…