Vitamin D is an extremely important vitamin that is very important for a healthy body. Unlike other vitamins, vitamin D acts as a hormone, and every cell in the body needs it. Usually we do not have to put a lot of effort into getting this vitamin because you absorb vitamin D as soon as your skin is exposed to the sun. Certain foods, such as fish and dairy products, also contain a lot of vitamin D. Therefore, a vitamin D deficiency does not occur frequently in the summer, but as soon as the winter has arrived, more and more people suffer from unexplained symptoms that may be caused due to a vitamin D deficiency.
The recommended daily amount of vitamin D is set at 10 micrograms per day for men and women up to 70 years. For adults over 70, the recommended daily allowance is 20 micrograms per day, but many experts say that you actually need more. Unfortunately, vitamin D deficiency is common. An estimated 1 billion people worldwide have a low vitamin content in their blood. This is often because these people fall within a certain risk group. The 7 common risk groups for vitamin D deficiency are:
– People with a tinted or dark skin
– People who are over 70
– People who are overweight or obese
– People who eat little or no fish or dairy (for example most vegans).
– People who live far from the equator and therefore receive less sunlight
– People who are usually inside
People who live near the equator are more exposed to the sun and are less likely to be deficient because their skin produces enough vitamin D to meet the needs of their bodies. Think of warm countries such as Morocco or Mexico, which are close to the equator. Most people do not realize that they are deficient because the symptoms are generally subtle and unobtrusive. You may not easily recognize them, even if they have a significant negative effect on your quality of life. Read further on the next page to figure out what the common symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency are!