7 Signs of Low Vitamin D (How Many do You Know?)
Hey, this is Dr. Berry. In this short video, I want to talk to you about the seven signs that your vitamin D
Level might be low. Now some of you may or have already caught on to the vitamin D
epidemic of low vitamin D in the US and Canada, but many of you have not and that’s what I want to talk about today
Vitamin D is a big deal if your levels are low chronically it can lead to suffering
Early disease and early death and so we want to avoid those three things all we can. Now if you already know about
And you take a good supplement I bet you have friends and neighbors who do not know
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Number of ways to help me help even more people now, let’s talk about seven signs that your vitamin D
Might be low and I may even talk about what you can do to fix it at the end
We’ll see. So the number one for an adult, the number one sign that your vitamin D
might be low is bone aches. Okay. If your bones ache, not your joints, but your actual bones themselves
That’s actually if your vitamin D is
Low that’s a condition called osteomalacia, which means painful bones and when your vitamin D
Level is below 20 or 25 you can have osteomalacia or painful bones
This is a sign that your bones are starving for vitamin D,
they’re not being able to keep their bone density up where it needs to be this is your bones yelling at you
“Hey, dummy take some vitamin D
Or get out in the Sun.” right? so osteomalacia is a big deal if you don’t have enough vitamin D
You can actually lead to osteopenia and ultimately
Osteoporosis which are brittle bones and that that’s the condition that older folks have when they fall on the carpet and break the wrist.
When you fall down on the carpet you shouldn’t break any bones; if you do, then you’ve been vitamin D
Deficient for a long long time. So achy bones… that’s sign number one that you may have low vitamin D
Sign number two is chronic fatigue, and I know, I know, I know, that’s the sign of about a thousand different possible conditions;
But if you go see your doctor for chronic fatigue, one of the very first things he should check is a vitamin D
25 level to see if your level’s low. That’s an easy fix it’s an easy catch and easy
fix if he checks the right lab work. So chronic fatigue can be from low vitamin D
The next is if you have a fracture, a broken bone, from just a little bit of force
If you step off the curb and break your ankle if you fall and break your wrist on carpet
Right if you just like to fall off the couch and break your wrist
That’s not normal human beings are made to bounce not to break and so I’ve seen so many patients in my office
come for follow-up after they’ve been to the orthopedic surgeon for a broken wrist just like this: “I
Was leaning over to get something to pick it up off the floor and just fall off the couch and broke my wrist.”
That’s not normal. Okay, and the orthopedic surgeon did not check any blood work so when I checked their vitamin D Level
It would be 8 or 12, and it should be over 40,
So if you have a broken bone for no real reason, like if you’re coughing a lot from bronchitis and you break a rib,
That’s not normal! that shouldn’t happen. You probably have low vitamin D. If you have frequent (this is number four), if you have frequent
viral infections, like it seems like you have a cold every 10 minutes, right? or you
Just have just repetitive infections way more often than your friends do, that could be a sign of low vitamin D;
because keeping your vitamin D
where it needs to be can actually protect you from infection. If you have (number five), if you have depressed mood… I
you know clinical depression, I’m talking about just depress, kind of down in the dumps, that can be from low vitamin D.
More and more research is coming out to show that vitamin D is
both for your brain and for other body tissues and
… and so one of the things that you could have is a depressed mood if your vitamin D
is very low. So
part of the workup for
Depression when you go to your doctor should be some blood work and within that blood work should be a vitamin D
25 level checked, and if it’s low it needs to be fixed. Number six is slow wound healing.
if you get a cut or an abrasion
and it seems like it just takes forever to heal,
[coughs] if it seems like you heal far slower than your friends and family, then you may have low vitamin D.
vitamin D is in charge of
hundreds of biochemical reactions in your skin and other parts of your body and your skin just doesn’t
heal as effectively if your vitamin D is low. So that’s another red flag that you may have low vitamin D.
Number seven, it’s kind of like number one, but it’s different: If you have muscle aches, just your muscles
ache for no real reason, now if you, you know, if you walked ten miles yesterday
and that’s the first time you’ve done that in years,
It makes sense that your muscles would ache; but if your muscles ache all the time
and there’s no real reason for it, you may have low vitamin D.
Obviously there are other things that could be so go see your dock and get a full lab panel and a full exam,
but you may have low vitamin D. And something as simple as taking
Vitamin D3 every day could fix your achy bones and your achy muscles. Number eight is
basically if you live in the US and Canada,
this is a bonus, if you live in the UK, if you live in the US, if you live in Canada, if you live
anywhere up in the higher latitudes,
you don’t get enough sun to make vitamin D,
And so my hierarchy my
solution for you if your vitamin D is low is to get more sun.
If you can’t do that then take it… then you can get more vitamin D
in a good Ketogenic diet. if you’re eating grass-fed butter, that has vitamin D.
If you’re eating the egg yolks from chickens who were able to run around in the yard and eat bugs and worms
Those egg yolks have vitamin D3, right?
So butter and then if you’re able to eat pork that’s been
pasture raised and that and actually was allowed to run around and eat grub worms and acorns and other good things and
play out in the Sun all day, that pork will have good vitamin D.
And so I’d much prefer you get your vitamin D from the Sun and from your diet.
But if you just have to have a supplement then make sure you’re taking a good vitamin D3
supplement, not D2! Maybe your doctor says “Oh, you need to take this vitamin D2 once a week or once a month.”
Don’t take that!
It’s just not as well absorbed as vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is a much more natural way to take it and
so if… also a lot of people think dairy is a good way to get vitamin D.
It’s a terrible way to get vitamin D. It’s been fortified with vitamin D2 as well, which is again
not as well absorbed. So if you can’t get it from the Sun
And you can’t get it from your diet then take a supplement. And some people need to get it from the sun,
from their diet and take a supplement.
It’s up to you; you decide which one of those people you are. But if you do take a supplement make sure it’s vitamin D3,
make sure it’s in a in an oil-filled gel cap, and make sure that the oil they use is
not soybean or canola oil. You can get one off Amazon with
Olive oil and that’s much preferable to taking one with canola or soybean oil.
So there you go, the seven signs that you might have low vitamin D
And then just a bonus if you live in the US or Canada or the UK,
Then you’re at very high risk of having it, because there’s just not a lot in the food supply
And you don’t get enough Sun to really make up the difference. Now if you enjoyed this video
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