One of the side effects of quarantine is vitamin D deficiency.
The COVID-19 lockdown has created many different side effects, from mental health issues to physical manifestations of stress and anxiety. With summer around the corner, one of the things we don’t really think about is vitamin D deficiency.
Normally, we get a fair amount of vitamin D from exposure to sunlight. When our bodies are in the sun, vitamin D is created from cholesterol. Vitamin D is very important for a lot of our bodily functions, especially our immune system, but the problem with deficiency is that the symptoms are hard to diagnose. Here are six signs you may be suffering from a vitamin D deficiency:
Frequent infections– Vitamin D is integral to the healthy operation of our immune systems, so if you get sick often, a deficiency may be the cause.
Depression– Depression can be a sign of vitamin D deficiency, especially during lockdown. Vitamin D supplements have shown promising results in treating this mental issue.
Back pain– Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, so back or bone pain can be a sign that you need more of the vitamin in your diet.
Slow wound healing- Vitamin D aids the body in reducing inflammation, which helps wounds heal faster. If your experience wounds that will not heal, a Vitamin D supplement might help with the process.
Hair loss– Hair loss and Alopecia, especially in women, can be attributed to a deficiency of Vitamin D. In some studies, topical applications of the vitamin have been shown to help combat hair loss.
Fatigue– Remember when I said the symptoms are hard to diagnose? Fatigue and overall tiredness an be a symptom of a deficiency. I feel like the whole world is tired right now, but if you experience chronic fatigue, you should consider getting your levels tested.
Regarding Vitamin D deficiency, right now there is only so much we can do. I suggest taking vitamin D supplements, or adding more fatty fish or dairy to your diet. Try and go outside a few times a week, maintain social distancing, and cover your mouth. Wear all-natural sunscreen in a low SPF.
You would be surprised how beneficial a few moments in the sun can be in these trying times.