Most people assume that joint pain is a natural result of aging. Many of you might wake up in pain or swollen joint not knowing that this might be a result of a common vitamin deficiency.
Joint and back pain can have some negative effects on your physical activities. You will want to remain physically active, try on new hobbies and refuse to spend your life in crippling pain.
You will be happy to know that joint pain might not be caused by your aging after all. It might not be caused by your body weight or your physical inactivity. It might be caused by the food you eat, or in this case, the food you don’t eat.
Research has linked joint and back pain with a vitamin D deficiency. If you are not eating a balanced diet or don’t have enough physical activity, an increase of vitamin D intake might solve your joint pain issues. If your body is lacking vitamin D, it will give you some of the following signs/symptoms:
- Muscle pain
- Poor sleep
- Mood swings
- Improper balance
- Burning and itching sensation in the feet
- Constant sweating
A simple test can be performed in order to see if you are vitamin D deficient. Press the chest bone and if any pressure is causing you pain, you are most likely lacking vitamin D.
In order to meet the daily vitamin D intake, you will need to get out more. Sun exposure for 10-15 minutes a day can trigger reactions in your body that will significantly increase the vitamin D levels.
If you are living in a colder climate where the sun doesn’t always shine, you can make some changes in your diet in order to hit the recommended daily intake of vitamin D. Natural foods that are rich in vitamin D include tuna, egg yolks, mushrooms and mackerel. If changing your diet is out of the question, you can always take supplements. Just make sure to choose a supplement that contains vitamin D3 and not D2. D3 is the vitamin that your body produces when it is exposed to direct sunlight and is the type of vitamin D that the body needs. I would recommend Pro D3 because it contains 5000 IU of vitamin D3 as well as probiotics that will aid your digestive system.