Did you know that a massive 50% of the world’s population is vitamin D deficient? Having enough vitamin D is vital for your dental and overall health.

Even if you eat healthily and exercise regularly you could still suffer from a vitamin D deficiency.

There are certain factors that could affect your body’s levels of vitamin D, these can include:

  • Not getting regular exposure to sunlight
  • Eating a vegan or vegetarian diet
  • Working indoors
  • Living in heavily polluted areas
  • Having digestive issues
  • Being overweight

Vitamin D is linked to nearly every system in the human body. Vitamin D is responsible for improving intestinal absorption of important nutrients, chiefly calcium.

Vitamin D benefits bone health but it is also effects hormone regulation, heart health, brain cell growth and immune system responses.

Vitamin D2 and D3 are the two forms of vitamin D that you can consume or produce internally after sun exposure.

When vitamin D is included on labels it is usually referring to both vitamin D2 and D3. There is one big difference between these two types of vitamin D and that’s the fact that vitamin D3 is 2-3 times more powerful than vitamin D2 and is easier for your body to use.

Your body does not produce vitamin D2 and it can only be obtained through food. Vitamin D3 is produced by the body after exposure to sunshine.

Although getting enough vitamin D3 is important for your overall health it is also vital that you protect yourself from skin damage. Try to avoid prolonged sunbathing at high altitudes and use plenty of sunscreen. You can also eat a diet that’s rich in Vitamin D or take supplements to keep your levels topped up.

Remember not to shower too soon after sun exposure as your body is still creating vitamin D on the surface of your skin.

Symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency

If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, then this could be a sign that you’re suffering from a vitamin D deficiency. These symptoms can include:

  • Hair Loss
  • Muscle Pain
  • Depression
  • Getting sick or infected often
  • Bone and Back Pain
  • Bone loss
  • Impaired wound healing

If you find that you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, then consult with your local GP as soon as possible.

Considering that vitamin d improves gut health, brain function and reduces your risk of mortality, it’s importance should not go overlooked.