Though free, yet deficient in 1 Billion people worldwide


You may be at the risk of Vitamin D deficiency if you don’t get enough sun light, are allergic to milk or have strict vegan diet. When human skin is exposed to sun light, it produces Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for strong bones, because it helps the body use calcium from the diet. Traditionally, vitamin D deficiencyhas been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue doesn’t properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities.

Sources of Vitamin D:

  • Sun Light
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Oily Fish (Trout, cooked)
  • Mushrooms
  • Fortified Cereals (Whole Grain Total)
  • Dairy Products
  • Eggs

Causes of Vitamin D deficiency:

  • You don’t consume the recommended levels of the vitamin over time
  • Your exposure to sunlight is limited
  • You have dark skin. The pigment melanin reduces the skin’s ability to make vitamin D in response to sunlight exposure
  • You cover their skin all of the time
  • Infants that are breastfed and aren’t given a vitamin D supplement

Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency:

  • Head sweating
  • Bone Ache
  • Muscle weakness
  • Severe asthma in children
  • Tiredness

Prevention :

  • There is evidence that breastfeeding for at least 4 months, compared with feeding infants formula made with intact cow milk protein, prevents or delays the occurrence of atopic dermatitis, cow milk allergy, and wheezing in early childhood. – American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Be extra careful when eating in restaurants. Waiters (and sometimes the kitchen staff) may not always know the ingredients of every dish on the menu. Depending on your sensitivity, even just walking into a kitchen or a restaurant can cause an allergic reaction.
  • Have a strict diet schedule with lesser or no quantity of food that you are allergic to.

Prevention & Treatment of Vitamin D deficiency:

  • Get the right amount of sunlight
  • Overcome obesity. Work out, burn those fat cells that absorb the Vitamin and let your body regain the sunny effect
  • Take a multivitamin every day to fill in any nutritional gaps
  • Check with your healthcare professional about vitamin D testing
  • Discuss adding a vitamin D supplement to your diet after consulting your healthcare provider

Get a Vitamin D test done:Vitamin D Test

Source:WebMD, medicine net