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What Are Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms? | Dr. Josh Axe

Hey guys, Dr. Axe here. I want to talk about
the many benefits of vitamin D as well as vitamin D deficiency. So many people are struggling
with vitamin D deficiency. In fact, according to a lot of medical studies today, they’re
showing that quite possibly the top deficiency we have in America is a vitamin D deficiency,
and for a lot of us there are several reasons for that. But let me talk about the symptoms
of vitamin D deficiency. I’m then going to get into what’s causing vitamin D deficiency,
then go over the best foods, supplements and things you can do to correct this type of
issue. But first and foremost, the big thing that
can cause or the big symptoms you might have with a vitamin D deficiency are immune issues.
If you have a weakened immune system, that could be correlated with a vitamin D deficiency.
If you have candida or bacterial overgrowth, it can be caused from a vitamin D deficiency.
If you struggle with let’s say emotional ups and downs, like depression and anxiety, that
can be a cause. Hormone imbalance, major cause of vitamin D deficiency. If you have trouble
putting on muscle or losing weight, those are all correlated with a vitamin D deficiency.
If you have weak bones or teeth, osteoporosis or osteopenia, those are warning signs you
have a vitamin D deficiency. So again, you can see there are a lot of things
— and I didn’t even get into certain other things like cancer and diabetes and heart
disease — but those are all warning signs you could have a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is responsible for really supporting
a healthy immune response, digestive health, hormone balance, and here’s a key thing to
remember. Vitamin D is not just a vitamin. It’s also a pro hormone. So it’s responsible
for so many hormone producing reactions within your body. You’ve got to have vitamin D. Now here are the biggest causes of vitamin
D deficiency. Number one is not getting enough sunlight. The sun should be your number one
source of vitamin D. We live in a world today where we live inside, especially if you’re
in the northern states, whether it be in Canada or northern US or northern Europe. But if
you are not getting outside enough and not getting enough direct sunlight on your skin,
that will create a vitamin D deficiency. So starting off, the majority of people are vitamin
D deficient because we don’t get outside enough. And the other thing can be certain chemicals,
especially things that are plastic in nature, those can block vitamin D absorption. So if
you’re drinking out of plastic bottles that have something called BPA, that’s bisphenol
A, that can cause vitamin D deficiency and really affect the way vitamin D is absorbed
and utilized and created by your liver in your body. The other thing is toxicity. If you’re exposed
to toxins on a regular basis, that affects the liver. Your liver is actually responsible
for producing and creating vitamin D within your body. So again, toxicity another major
cause of vitamin D deficiency. So if you want to start to correct vitamin
D deficiency and see improvements in your immune function, in your metabolism, in your
hormones and things like your thyroid and your adrenal glands and improving your overall
mood and bone strength, you’ve got to get more vitamin D. Again, your number one source by far is sunlight.
I recommend getting outside 20 minutes to 30 minutes every single day. Even if it’s
cold outside, getting a little bit of sun on your face and hands, it’s so important
for getting Vitamin D. So again, number one is get sunlight 20 to 30 minutes a day. Now, apart from that, certain foods will contain
small amounts of vitamin D. Number one source will be wild caught salmon or fish, so again
getting wild caught fish on a regular basis. Also, raw fermented milk, like a goat’s milk
yogurt, may have small amounts of vitamin D, as will mushrooms and eggs. But again,
you’re going to get very small amount in diet. Those foods are good. But again, it’s only
small amounts of vitamin D. Then the next thing would be take a high quality
vitamin D supplement. You don’t want to take vitamin D2. You do want to start taking vitamin
D3, and there are many forms of this. There are several good brands out there today. But
again, you can actually take it in a capsule form. You can actually get it in a spray bottle
form. But again, vitamin D is essential to take as a supplement. For most adults, 2000
to 5000 IUs a day is what’s recommended. Now if you have a severe deficiency and you’ve
gone and got a vitamin D test done, in that case for 1 to 2 months, you might take 5000
IUs 2 times a day. But again, for the days that you’re not in the sun, I recommend 2000
to 5000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily. Here’s one last important thing to remember.
When you are supplementing with vitamin D3, you want to take it with some fat because
it’s a fat soluble vitamin. So take it with a teaspoon of coconut oil or take it with
a fish oil supplement. But when you are taking vitamin D, you want to take it with some healthy
fat like coconut, avocado, or an almond butter. You’ll want to get it with some healthy fat
because it actually improves and increases absorption there as well. So again, make sure
you’re getting your vitamin D. It is crucial for immune function, bone health, emotional
health, and balanced hormones. So again, remember vitamin D, it’s not only
a vitamin. It’s a hormone. It’s an immune boosting nutrient that you’ve got to have.
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93 thoughts on “What Are Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms? | Dr. Josh Axe

  1. Most people are low or deficient in d3. I have been taking 10000iu of d3 400mgs of magnesium citrate 30mg of zinc . This combination also raised my testosterone significantly! While bringing my d3 levels into healthy levels

  2. Do NOT take any Supplements! They are not regulated by the FDA. Eat your nutrients.
    “ Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine And Thy Medicine Be Thy Food” ~ Hippocrates
    For Vitamin D deficiency- sit outside for 15 to 20 minutes a day in the morning without sunscreen. It won’t kill you.
    However, a continuous lack of Vitamin D might.

  3. I wouldnt let the uncertain fear of aging and cancer keep us away from enjoying the sun. Listen to your body to be happier. I think for most people, we feel the need to want some sun every day which is probably healthy to listen to. Do as our ancestors did. With more inventions keeping us indoors and the common 9-5, were spending more time away from the sun. To battle that and get your vitamin d, think what you already do indoors that you can instead do outdoors. For me, that’s exercise and laptop/phone calls for work.

  4. I’ve been doing the D3 dosage right. I’ve had people say I’m taking to much. What do they know!!!! 😊

  5. I’ve been doing the D3 dosage right. I’ve had people say I’m taking to much. What do they know!!!! 😊

  6. I am allergic to the sun, so I have to take Vitamin d3. I take 15,000 IU’s daily. All 3 of the doctors I see agree this won’t hurt me to take this daily dosage cause I’m deficient in D. I also take 100 mcg K2 for every 10,000 IU of D that I take. They should be taken together for maximum benefit.

  7. I have sarcoidosis which has been known to drop my vitamin D3 dangerously low. I have osteopenia along with other major bone issues. I had no idea that hormone issues could effect vitamin D3. The joys of of being a woman over 55…lol! It’s been awhile since I’ve taken vitamin D3 and being a vegetarian I order mine online because the vitamin supplement stores I’ve gone to in my area their vitamin D3 is derived from lanolin. I’m excited for my bottle to arrive and I must remember to take it on a regular basis because I know I’ll feel a lot better when I do.

  8. I have been suffering for 5 years! My doctor told me I was just fat and that I needed to lose weight but I could barely moved I had pain everywhere in my body, dizzy spells, nausea, fatigue, headache, and brain fog. I became depressed and even suicidal. Yesterday I found out that my vitamin d levels are at an 8. I have been so sick! I will start taking vitamin d and I pray I will get my health back.

  9. I was always tired never felt good had to ask dr for vitamin d test and iron test. When test came back dr said I was fine but turns out she didnt even check my results and found out when i asked her for my numbers and I was a 9 in vitamin d and an 11 in iron and then she said I was low and need to take 50,000 d2 a week and then gave me 325mg of iron to take 3x a day I think that was way to much iron in a few days I startex shaking inside it was bad. Make sure you ask your dr for the #s or get the results on paper. I have a new dr now.

  10. Helloo dr.jose i am eating only vegetarian but all time not come vitamin is my body plz tell me how to take me vitamin

  11. Try to apply vitamin D3 on your skin topically. It's amazing, However before that, you have to orally take for 1 year to fullfil in your body. It seems like my skin is not producing vitamin D.
    1.eczema – at the affected part, 10 year long inflammation has disappeared. It is better than light steroids. I did 2 days work per week under the sunlight, so my skin should have produce vitamin D, but inflammation started this summer and disappeared after applying VD3 topically.
    2.diabetes or metabolic syndrome – around your abdominal fat
    3.baldness – to the scalp
    4.depression – at the top of the head or scalp, somehow mood changes. why ?
    5.old wound

  12. I take a one a day. Vitamin D3 1000iu and a fish oil Omega 1200mg . Sometimes it makes me feel a sharp tingle feeling on the left side of my chest. It kinda worries me but it's what every video says I should be taking so I continue to take them . I wonder if I'm taking too many things for my body to handle

  13. Ok I was told my level D is almost non existent and on week 2 of 12 weeks of 50000 units but received from a clinic and received no advice or instruction. I googled and added I omega vitamin. Maybe I need more. I 've lost so much hair and my blood pressure medicine didn't seem to be working. This video came up as a suggested video. What are the odds. Just kidding. I know my phone is paying attention to me or at least my searches.😆 butv thanks for the information Dr. Josh Axe

  14. thank you for just getting straight to the point regarding WHAT to take. I've read and watched so much – and D and B are the issues once society moved indoors yes, so many issues and WHAT IS WRONG WITH DR.s it is SO obvious…treating depression and IBS and sleep disorders, children and teens too…THEY ARE INDOORS too much, the advent, approx mid 70s in a big way autoimmune disorders on and on – and THIS is the answer…how dare they not see what is right before their eyes. The brain stem, D feeds all of it…the gut microbiome – we can heal ourselves each night ITS WHAT SLEEP IS and the lack of these vitamins, gut bugs and minerals is what is killing us! ok, RANT DONE lol thanks Doc. xo

  15. My vit D test said i was a 7. I been prescribed some vit D tablets. I get retested in a few weeks

  16. My Vitamin D level was 18 and my doctor prescribed me
    50 000 cu to,be taken,once a week for 1 month No wonder my body truly has been out of wack.🤔

  17. I have a very rare genetic disorder Albright's Hereditary Osteodystrophy which causes the endocrine disorder called Pseudo-hypoparathyroidism (my parathyroid glands are underactive!) Vitamin D deficiency and low calcium (low 1,25 vit D and hypocalcemia; my "regular" 25-hydroxy Vit D is usually normal). Bone pain and severe muscle tension with spasms suck!! *NOTE: This disorder is best managed by an endocrinologist. I am treated with prescription supplements; being out in the sun more isn't enough for this*

  18. My husband works outside so he is in the sun all day. But hates fish in all ways. Is there more then the vitamin d he was prescribed.

  19. How much do you recommend for kids? My son has a slight deficiency. He takes a kids multivitamin. How much should a child get a day?

  20. I have to admit that vitamin D3 helped me a lot during last year, level checked, increased but not at the range yet, I tend to have depression and anxiety days, unfortunately our holiday allowance never helps me to absorb so much sunlights so supplement is a must. I eat hell a lot of eggs and avocado though.

  21. Great information. Seattlelites NEED to see this and believe more on those symptoms. Doctors NEED to see and medicate less and pay more attention to this deficiency. Thank you for posting💕

  22. Ridiculous. In other words everything causes vitamin d deficiency. Rattled off a list of maladies that correlates with a hundred other diseases.

  23. Am absolutely thankful , you exposed vital informations to us more than we expose our bodies to Vitamin D, mean, The Sun 🌾.

  24. Dr. Axe, I appreciate all of your help and the information you give has really been life changing for me. I have one request though…when you talk about things like getting in the sun to increase the amount of Vitamin D in our system, would you please include the fact that it may take longer than 20 to 30 minutes for people of color to absorb the needed amount of sunlight and helpful suggestions for us too. Thanks a lot.

  25. My VD was low, I got OTC VD, I was experiencing chest pains to the point where I went to the E.R. Then I started thinking, I had a few days out of the 30 days that I didnt have chest pains.. I was like hmmm I wonder why then I started thinking what did I do differently, then I realized I had missed a few doses. So I did a test, I stopped taking it and my chest pains went away.

  26. If you want an organic and delicious way to prevent vitamin D deficiency check out @realredorchard on insta. It’s a strawberry flavoured vitamin D gel snack which gives you 100% of your RDA.

  27. Hey people, i am deficient 18.5, felt dizzy, fatigued muscle and joint pain, back pain, was unbearable-athritis like pain. shortness of breath, dry achy eyes, vertigo room is spinning even if iam laying down, horrible, did every blood test came neg. Only vitamin D came low. vitamin d is a hormone and very hard to raise the levels once droped- i take 5.000iu daily, vitamin K2 mk7, and magnesium.

  28. Sun isn't number one source if ur deficient, need vitamin d pills , ur body produces vitamin d. Some people just don't produce nearly enough. Mine was 18, dr. put me on 50000 units a week after a few months I started to feel stronger and better, it's more important than people realize especially as u get older.

  29. My teeth were sensitive to sugar and foods and I thought I just needed a dentist but since taking the vitamin they’re not sensitive anymore

  30. I had a deficiency so bad a few winters ago that I started hallucinating and when I was diagnosed they prescribed for me to take 50,000 IU once a week for over a year before they even wanted to test my blood levels again and I was still a little under the normal target vitamin d levels when they did decide it was time to test again… I'm on a much lower daily dose now but i have really watch how I'm feeling and make sure it's not getting lower again……. i think I'm genetically just more susceptible to a deficiency because a few other family members also have had some concerning deficiency problems as well. If there is a deficiency it's really scary how many things will change in the body… none of which are positive..

  31. with them geoengineering the sky blocking sunlight and bouncing it back up into the atmosphere that is causing are vitamin d deficiency to

  32. Get this. Been dealing with SIBO for 3 months. Started taking vitamin D and next thing you know the bacteria issue is gone in 2 days.

    People with SIBO, take vitamin D!

  33. Not enough sun because they are spraying the sky s with chemtrails thus blocking out the sun. Good luck getting any pure sunlight.

  34. In order for your vitamin D supplements to work effectively, it's also important to take a good B complex and probiotic, simultaneously, otherwise, vitamin D may not be properly utilized by the body.

  35. Could not figure out why I was so ill one winter. Vitamin D level was 7. Sure did not take long to start feeling better after that was corrected. Mentally and physically I was a wreck. Watch this carefully it’s no joke.

  36. Is it true that vitamin D3 has to be taken along with vitamin K2 to prevent vitamin D alone to cause hardening of the arteries? Thank you.

  37. What about skin cancer? I wear a sunscreen every single day and try to stay out of the sun as much as possible if I don’t have UV protection. I live on Guam, a tropical island in the pacific. The sun out here is brutal. We have a UV index of 7-10 every single day. I’m curious on your thoughts about skin cancer via UV absorption, which is what you are recommending for 20 minutes a day.

  38. ConsumerLabs did a well informed article about vit d supplements. Most are made from sheep lanolin. I always wondered why I felt sick after taking vit d and after reading the article I understood. I am allergic to sheep/ lamb. Be sure your vit d is sourced from fish oil, more expensive but better source.

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