The silent symptoms of vitamin D deficiency and ways to increase your vitamin D intake

by Shirley Marie Bradby

March 20, 2019

The silent symptoms of vitamin D deficiency and ways to increase your vitamin D intake

If you suffer from bone pain and muscle weakness and your hands have been sweating inexplicably for some time, perhaps the answer is to be found in a vitamin D deficiency.

Like all other vitamins, also vitamin D is essential for the good functioning of our body. This vitamin, in particular, allows for the correct absorption of calcium in our bones and helps maintain muscle strength and balance.

In addition, vitamin D also contributes to the absorption of phosphorus and magnesium, and assists in managing depressive states, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. 

Let's see what are the symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency and how to integrate it into our diet.


Steven Vorholt/Wikimedia

Steven Vorholt/Wikimedia

In the event of vitamin D deficiency, the symptoms are varied and not always immediately attributable to the real problem, since the symptoms are not serious and do not cause alarm. Among these, we mention chronic fatigue, sadness, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, craving for sweet foods, muscle weakness, and blurred vision. 

To prevent these symptoms, just get more vitamin D, either through exposure to the sun - simply take a daily walk in the sun - or through a targeted diet. The following are foods rich in vitamin D: 

  • Oily fish: Fatty fish such as trout, salmon, sardines, tuna, herring, anchovies, and mackerel are excellent sources of vitamin D
  • Eggs: In addition to vitamin D, the egg white contains proteins of high biological value and also vitamin B12 
  • Mushrooms: In particular, champignon mushrooms are perfect for increasing the levels of vitamin D 
  • Algae: It would be advisable to integrate spirulina into your diet, which in addition to vitamin D provides numerous other benefits for the body. 

Remember that "an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure"! Therefore, do not wait to see the first signs of a vitamin D deficiency appear before deciding to adopt healthy lifestyle habits.