Important for regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy, Vitamin D is an important part of your everyday diet. A lack of Vitamin D can lead to immune system disorders, infections, brittle bones and bone pain [1].

See also: What Are The Functions Of Vitamins?


Do you have low Vitamin D levels?


If you’re living in an area of the world that doesn’t get much sun, it’s likely that you don’t get enough vitamin D [2]. The good news? When the sun does begin to shine, you should be able to get all the vitamin D you need from sunlight - just another excuse to get out into the fresh air! [3]

With that said, low Vitamin D levels can be quite common and the majority of the time, you might not even experience any symptoms. Though, if you do, they can include:

  • Getting sick often
  • Fatigue
  • Bone pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Hair loss

How much Vitamin D do I need?


The Recommended Dietary Allowance for adults is 600 international units (IU) of Vitamin D a day. This rises to 800 IU a day for those over the age of 70 [4].

It’s important to remember that too much Vitamin D, just like too little, can cause health problems. So, be careful not to overdo it!

See also: Vitamin D and Asthma: Can Vitamin D Cure Asthma?


What are good sources of Vitamin D?


As your body creates Vitamin D from direct sunlight, once the sun makes a much anticipated appearance, you should be able to get all the Vitamin D you need [5].

While you await the spring and summer sun, you can find Vitamin D in a number of foods, these include:

  • Oily fish
  • Red meat
  • Liver
  • Egg yolks
  • Fortified foods

It’s important to keep an eye on your vitamin levels and monitor them regularly. This can be done by visiting your local doctor or taking a vitamin test from the comfort of your own home.

LetsGetChecked’s at-home Vitamin Deficiency tests can identify key deficiencies in Vitamin B12, Vitamin D or both.



You should take the Essential Vitamin test if:

  • You want to improve your overall health
  • You are suffering from chronic fatigue
  • You are following a plant-based diet
  • You are planning on becoming pregnant
  • You are over the age of 50
  • You suffer from Crohn's disease
  • You suffer from Celiac disease
  • You are deficient in the intrinsic factor, a glycoprotein which plays an important role in absorbing vitamin B12
  • You are going through the menopause
  • You are at risk of developing osteoporosis

References

  1. NHS. Vitamins and Minerals. Online: Nhs.uk, 2017
  2. Harvard School of Public Health. Vitamin D. Online: Hsph.Harvard.edu
  3. NHS. Vitamins and Minerals. Online: Nhs.uk, 2017
  4. Mayo Clinic. What are the risks of vitamin D deficiency?. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2018
  5. NHS. Vitamins and Minerals - Vitamin D. Online: Nhs.uk, 2017