The quick test to see if you have a Vitamin D deficiency will only take 10 seconds. Start by pressing your thumb on your sternum (breastbone). If you find that it is tender or painful then that is one sign. Second part of the test is, press on the tibia (shin bone) of both your legs to see if they are also sore. If the answer to both these test are “yes” then there is a 93 percent chance you have a Vitamin D deficiency. This is one of the most common deficiencies in our culture.
What is Vitamin D and what does it do for us?
You need to know what Vitamin D is and what it does for us. Vitamin D is both a hormone and a Vitamin (vital amine). The reason Vitamin D is considered a hormone is because it is created by the body when sunlight hits the skin. Also when it binds with calcium for proper absorption in the human body it acts as a Vitamin. If you have a Vitamin D deficiency your body cannot absorb calcium. Furthermore your body cannot even activate essential fatty acids; an example of this is omega-3. Vitamin D is absolutely essential but many people don’t have enough.
Signs of deficiency
This tenderness in the bones can not only be seen in cases of osteomalacia (softening of the bones), but also in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and even the pain associated with chronic depression.
Vitamin D deficiency can result in obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and psoriasis. Eventually, Vitamin D deficiency may lead to osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer, especially breast, prostate and colon.