Signs You’re Deficient in Vitamin D

Signs You’re Deficient in Vitamin D

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hey listen I get it not everyone has the time to walk down to the lab core quest labs or even just go to the doctor and ask them to pull their blood work to look for vitamin D deficiencies I totally get it I mean at the end of the day yes that’s gonna be the best way that you can find out if you have a vitamin D deficiency but there also are some things that you can understand about your own body that can be clear indicators that hey maybe you want to take the next step towards getting some more vitamin D in your life okay so I totally get it and that’s why I’m doing this video now let’s go ahead and break down exactly what’s happening and why you might have these specific deficiencies so everything that I’m gonna lay out here it’s all a matter of not just having one symptom you really want to see if you have three or four of these symptoms all combined then you might have an indicator that you’re low in vitamin D so let’s go ahead and let’s break it all down so go ahead and hit that 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bit more here’s the thing the daily recommended allowance of vitamin D is only 600 IU’s per day in my opinion I think that’s kind of a joke we need quite a bit more than that now most doctors will even tell you that they want your blood levels to be quite a bit higher if you were to go get some blood work done if you’re below 30 nanograms per deciliter you’re gonna show up as low vitamin D I would generally recommend that most people be between 50 and 80 nanograms per deciliter some doctors even want you as high as 92 hundred the point is is we’re drastically too low as a whole so let’s jump right into this number one thing that you should be paying attention to are you depressed or are you quicker to trigger with anxiety like do you get anxiety coming into your life a lot faster and easier without any real just cause well it very well could be a vitamin D thing you see it has to do with vitamin D and serotonin it’s actually two things vitamin D and its effect on inflammation within our brain which we’ll talk a little bit more about inflammation in a minute but more so vitamin D is very very imperative when it comes down to producing serotonin that’s why it’s always been thought that if you go out in the Sun you feel better well it’s true it’s because the UVB light that we’re getting converts turns into this vitamin D that we ultimately need and there you go serotonin is produced which is the feel-good neurotransmitter okay there was a study that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition took a look at over 81,000 women okay and they found that of these women if they were to give them 800 I use per day in supplemental vitamin D they had a 21% reduction in depression and anxiety symptoms that is very profound okay so we already know the physiological link but then we have scientific literature with good statistics with large studies large amounts of people 81 thousand people then we really know okay yes there is a link there so be paying very close attention to that the next one that I want to talk about is something very specific and that’s having a sweaty head and I know you’re laughing like what the heck just a sweaty head okay body sweats are indicative of overall like thermogenesis it couldn’t mean a number of things could mean you have a fever or whatever but a sweaty head is more so linked to a vitamin D issue now you may remember if you’ve ever had a kid when your baby is in its first few months and you take him or her into the pediatrician the pediatrician will often ask if your baby has had a sweaty head or maybe it’s on the questionnaire okay I’ve got a two-year-old and I remember them asking that I didn’t really know why until I looked into it well it has to do with the fact that vitamin D is a hormone signaling component basically for the hypothalamus so the hypothalamus has vitamin D receptor so if we’re low in vitamin D then it kind of messes up the signal with the hypothalamus the hypothalamus is like seeking out this vitamin D at the is off its thermoregulatory process so it starts generating telling your body to generate more heat but it manifests specifically on your head so if you’re like why is my head sweating but the rest of my body isn’t and it’s not even all that warm out wow that could very well be an indicator of low levels of vitamin D especially if it’s combined with depression the anxiety and think about how they can compound each other right sweaty head you’re confused why so all the sudden you get anxiety about it and then the sweat piles on more it’s a vicious circle right okay leads me into the next thing to talk about which is something a little bit vague but I’ll help you narrow it down it’s the world of pain and inflammation the inflammation is very broad and I’m careful to talk about it because it can cause just about every chronic disease that’s out there so talking about increases of inflammation could be increase in just about every bad thing you could imagine but when we think about pain we think about just water retention we think about getting sick and brain fog we can kind of conceptualize what inflammation feels like so here’s what’s wild so there was a study those published in the Journal of immunology that did find that there was definitely a solid link between vitamin D and reducing levels of tumor necrosis factor alpha and interleukin 6 so if vitamin D was sufficient we would have suppressed levels of these inflammatory cytokines that normally cause problems in the body okay that’s cool and that’s just some scientific literature but what’s going on further beyond that well one thing that we do know is that the DNA level there’s some really amazing things going on with vitamin D you see we have this thing called the acetylation process now what we have to look at is vitamin D triggers what’s called histone for acetylation here’s what it looks like because it’s all complicated and I just explained it in a simple sort of step by step process it’ll make sense we have our DNA which is tightly wound like a blueprint right and we have to unwind that DNA in order to actually express our genes and actually trigger a response for anything within our body if our genetic library if you want to call it that it has its doors locked all the time we can never access the library books that we need to be able to actually rebuild our body properly it turns out our our DNA has vitamin D receptors on it too so our DNA receives vitamin D okay via the receptor and then once that receptor is activated it goes inside the DNA and it goes inside the DNA and triggers what’s called the acetylation of histone four that causes it to unwind and therefore we can now express genes specifically related to inflammation that allow the anti-inflammatory effects to occur so basically without vitamin D our genetics are under lock and key and cannot get opened and we cannot combat excess inflammation which means inflammation can run amok and we can get swollen we can be in pain our joints hurt our brains foggy we don’t feel like ourselves anymore okay I know that’s a vague but it’s very important to talk about and if you go and you do get lab work done and you see that your c-reactive protein levels are elevated that’s a clear indicator your inflammations high so the next step okay well maybe vitamin D is just a quick and easy fix that could help alleviate some of these issues anyhow I get a little bit passionate there so let’s go ahead and move on to the next one that is also linked with inflammation of course and that is your immune system are you getting sick way more than you used to okay almost if not all of your immune cells have vitamin D receptors on them okay here’s an example of how impactful vitamin D is with our immune system we have what are called t-cells which maybe you’ve heard of before t cells are the cells that go out and they attack things okay T cells they either go around and they see something that’s compromising the body like a foreign invader and they do one of two things they either give it a tag and say hey this thing’s bad someone needs to take care of it or they’re a natural killer t-cell that actually goes through and actually fights it itself well without vitamin D these t-cells are just floating around aimlessly you see they send out a signal specifically looking for vitamin D so our immune cells they go out there and they so like vitamin D where are you vitamin D vitamin D and they wait for vitamin D to shout back and when vitamin D shouts back that’s how they can get the signal to turn into what they need to turn into it’s pretty wild stuff so you can imagine without vitamin D the T cells are like hello hello hello no one’s getting back to them so guess what your immune system is just in and you don’t even know what to do right because you’re you’re just getting overrun with invaders now there are so many studies that back this up but there is one powerful quote from the Journal of investigational medicine so I’m just going to go ahead and read this quote outright there are a number of studies looking at vitamin D levels and rates of influenza as well as other infections even HIV and all of them have reported an association with low levels of vitamin D and infection in the body powerful stuff virtually all of the studies out there looking at vitamin D and infections have shown that lower levels of vitamin D do directly line-item equate with higher degrees of infections within the body if you’re getting sick all the time you’re deficient in vitamin D almost invariably that’s probably why we get sick so much in the winter time and we get less sunlight the last one that I want to talk about is are you starting to lose your hair like are you brushing your hair in the morning and like what’s going on you don’t really think anything of it but maybe now you’ll start thinking something of it because you’ve got these other symptoms and your hair might be following out even just in small amounts well what’s going on well vitamin D is responsible for really building the hair follicle so it’s one of the first places that a deficiency is going to show up because if you’re deficient in vitamin D it’s gonna pull vitamin D from the hair follicle and put it to more important resources okay like your immune system so the hair ends up taking the brunt of the issue where it’s just gonna fall out because vitamin D has been reallocated so it’s a very clear indicator and an early side now there’s a study that’s published in the journal skin pharmacology and physiology took a look at eighty women that had hair loss and compared them to 40 controls okay well when they investigated them they found that on average the women that had hair loss had 1/4 the levels of vitamin D compared to the women that did not have hair loss so the point was is when they put these groups together they noticed ah there is a link those that have hair loss also tend to have 1/4 the amount of vitamin D as those that don’t very strong correlation there so remember there are probably dozens if not even hundreds of various little symptoms that align with low levels of vitamin D but these are the five outliers the ones that people notice and if you have three four or all five of these you might want to go in and see your practitioner at least get some blood work or at the very least gut and get some sunshine or take a small amount of vitamin D so as always keep it locked in here on my channel I’ll see you in the next video 

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Signs You’re Deficient in Vitamin D – Thomas DeLauer

Going to the doctor and getting blood drawn to test your vitamin D levels is really the only way to truly know if you do have a vitamin D deficiency. You see, it can be REALLY tough to know if you are deficient if you don’t know what signs to look for…

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