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

August 12, 2019

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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  • Reply Nothing Free November 20, 2018 at 1:42 am

    i have a picture of the sun in my living woom!😀

  • Reply saeed zulfi November 20, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Imaan Hussain November 22, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Do you have anything for VERY LOW Iron Deficiency ?? @dr Josh Axe

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  • Reply Nothing Free December 7, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    now where does the sun get vitamin d?

  • Reply Stellar V December 8, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    During the winter (September-April) the sun's UVB rays don't reach beyond the 37° latitude north. You need a tanning bed. You should not shower for at least 24 hrs after using it.

  • Reply jenica park December 10, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Vitamin d recommendation please.

  • Reply Dahlgreeny Three December 11, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    I’m a ginger. No sun for me

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  • Reply Firko Kafi December 13, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Please show also images or picture to make people understand clearly.
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  • Reply AMERICA#1 TRUMP December 13, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    I do not like sun

  • Reply Paul Anthony Westcott December 15, 2018 at 8:09 am

    There is the Macrocosm and also the Microcosm Yea sure looks we need a lot of stuff to keep going.

  • Reply #DreamCeline December 20, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    I have a deficiency and a Rx for Vitamin D2. Why do you advise D3 not D2?

  • Reply Manal Javid December 20, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Uk has NO SUN

  • Reply Manel Benamer December 27, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    What happens if we run out of vitamin D?

  • Reply elinor December 30, 2018 at 6:53 am

    i’m twelve and my vitamin D is 8, the normal range is like 30-96 but yee haw am i right?

  • Reply Your mums bumhole January 1, 2019 at 10:33 am

    There are so many chemtrail YouTube detectives on here..they are unbelievably simple. Don't you think?

  • Reply BenjaminGessel January 3, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    I like Dr. Axe. 😊

  • Reply Latoya Adkins-Sweat January 10, 2019 at 8:21 am

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  • Reply Hellburner January 10, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    I had 22 nmol/L Vitamine D last time i took test…. I am tired, problem with my feet.. Feel kinda low..

  • Reply Emma T January 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    If you've taken the drug accutane you don't metabolise vitamin D or vitamin A properly so taking these vitamins could cause problems. Plus vitamin D will lower magnesium and vitamin A so if you're low in these nutrients high dose vitamin D could make you worse.

  • Reply Ahmed R January 16, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Did this patient get Severe Hypercalcemia because of daily 5500 IU of Vitamin D or because of calcium supplementation daily?

  • Reply J January 25, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    how to get water that isn't toxic then without getting an expensive filtration system. And how to get water when you are not at home?

  • Reply Amir Mark January 27, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Am so white so whenever I go in the sun for about 10 minutes I get all the vitamin D I need, I heard the darker your skin tone is, The more time you need to spend in the sun light

  • Reply Kim Blakney January 28, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Thanks so much! You are a very big help. ♥️🙏🏽

  • Reply Insight Curiosity. January 31, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    If one takes high doses of vitamin D3 will it not retained in the liver as it is fat soluble?

  • Reply followurheart11 January 31, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    My doc in Canada gave me wierd numbers/gauge!! Idk 🥴

  • Reply Brittany Dumoulin January 31, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    I live in British Columbia in one of the rainiest places in the world.(rainforest) Sometimes it can be 2-3 wks before we even see sun. I have a sun lamp and I have to take vitamin D or I do get anxiety and depression quickly.

  • Reply shahryar ghauri February 7, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    i have all these symptoms which started in 2nd week of january 2019 i got anxiety and depression extreme muscle aches and back pain tiredness and fatigue high blood pressure, migraines, joint pains and sleeping problems i went to my gp he did blood tests for me everything else my wbc count haemoglobin and things related to liver and kidneys and cholestrol was fine but my vitamin D was 6 so now i know why i have all these symptoms..i have been prescribed 50,000 IU vitamin d once a week for 6 weeks i will update after 6 weeks and i am just 20 years old

  • Reply Big Balla February 14, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Why not take vitamin D2, what’s wrong with that?

  • Reply Perusing Person February 16, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Why does the body tolerate low Vitamin D? The amazing body lowers Vitamin D for a reason. You’re stepping into dangerous territory talking like you understand hormones and the body. I took 5000IU per day for two years and blood work continued to show Vitamin D deficiency. I lost 50lbs and all of my bloodwork stabilized.

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  • Reply Renee Roth February 21, 2019 at 4:41 am

    No Sun In Michigan!
    I just doubled up on my D3.

  • Reply Sigih Lu February 28, 2019 at 12:39 am

    I have irregular Heartbeat ( palpitation) and breathing broblems ( weezing) My Physician told me that I have a severe difficancy of vitamine D and she perscribed this perscription of Vitamine D 2 MG 50.000 unit for me to take one of these a week. ( with, 11 Refills befor 02/16/20 ) …I started to take this Vitamine pill today Feb.29/ 2019 ) QUESTION; is this Drug Safe for me to take? because 50.000 is a huge amount for 1 pill to take) ???

  • Reply SpeakingForChrist February 28, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    You’re the Best Doc…Thanks!

  • Reply Angela Armageddon March 7, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    My D Level was 17 and my doctor said he didn’t believe in supplements 🙄

  • Reply anna renfroe March 9, 2019 at 10:04 am

    What is wrong with d2. That is what insurance pays for.

  • Reply Robert Collins March 11, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    I was tested 57 and was told 50 to 120 is normal range?

  • Reply Wayne Varrelman March 14, 2019 at 11:23 am

    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

  • Reply Rebecca Lynne’ March 16, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    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.

  • Reply rae & the rest. March 17, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I need to go outside more! I’m a stay at home mom and practically live inside 😩

  • Reply Shaad1337 March 24, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    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.

  • Reply QUEEN ESTHER GLAM March 28, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Well said, Dr Axe

  • Reply Sage k March 30, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    At what blood level of vitamin D can I expect to feel blissed out ?

  • Reply Silvia Schwarz April 19, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Sun light…skin cancer…

  • Reply Kimberley Chaussee April 20, 2019 at 3:54 pm

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

  • Reply Kimberley Chaussee April 20, 2019 at 3:54 pm

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

  • Reply Tome April 25, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    You can forget sunlight in ENGLAND !!!! 😀 Sometimes there is a bit of sun

  • Reply Zahid Farooq April 30, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Emotional ups and downs, no wonder I feel like a sociopath right now.

  • Reply Ruat Puii May 1, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Mine is at 13!

  • Reply Tray Carman May 8, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I wonder why not D2? Bc dr just prescribed it for me 🧐

  • Reply DEREJE GODANA May 25, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Tanks Dr Josh Axe

  • Reply DEREJE GODANA May 25, 2019 at 9:11 am

    VITAMIN D100IU (25 mg) I Weill take 1 a day

  • Reply j d May 25, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Loved this info. That's

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  • Reply Carmen Kipp June 9, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    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.

  • Reply Bella Bella June 21, 2019 at 7:52 am

    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.

  • Reply molly aloysius June 22, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Dr. Josh, can vitamin d help bursitis

  • Reply more2me100 June 26, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    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.

  • Reply William Mourningcrow July 5, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Which is best, a dry vitamin d3 or oil for best absorption?…anyone?

  • Reply Jayann July 9, 2019 at 4:29 am

    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.

  • Reply Yasitha Chamika July 9, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    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

  • Reply にょろ~ん♂ July 11, 2019 at 9:51 am

    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

  • Reply Maquillage79 July 13, 2019 at 12:54 am

    This video is old but why do doctors prescribe d2 for hypothyroid people .

  • Reply cossie July 14, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Hypothyroidism hashimoto is where it starts

  • Reply Tony T July 15, 2019 at 2:44 am

    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

  • Reply Texas girl July 22, 2019 at 2:16 am

    I take a 50.000 iu once a week from my dr

  • Reply teresa formica July 23, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    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

  • Reply DEREJE GODANA July 25, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Thank you so much dr

  • Reply kevin stj July 26, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    My main thing is fatigue

  • Reply Heather Griffin July 28, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    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

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  • Reply Christina Lee Breu July 29, 2019 at 6:03 am

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

  • Reply C A Campbell July 31, 2019 at 5:50 am

    Lots to take in!!!

  • Reply da. ria July 31, 2019 at 6:40 am

    what if there is no sun for about 5 months(winter in germany)?

  • Reply Jonathon July 31, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    I’d take some vit D from Dr Axe any day
    A couple injections would be nice 💦😉🍭😛

  • Reply Rosann Supino August 1, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Love your channel. Always learning. Very helpful and informative.

  • Reply Rod Jackson August 1, 2019 at 8:27 am

    you knever mentioned that sun is not a friend to rhumatoid very serious. Awesome

  • Reply Martha Schaeffer August 1, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Thank you 😊

  • Reply Ms.G. August 1, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    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.🤔

  • Reply stacey 40 August 1, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Most informative video on vitamin D deficiency I've ever seen. Thanks

  • Reply Sipher519 August 2, 2019 at 4:15 am

    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*

  • Reply Ammar Keylani August 2, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Too General. Get into details on a physiological level so we could understand mechanisms!

  • Reply jennifer harrison August 3, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    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.

  • Reply Balbina Kanno August 3, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you very much for the great information.

  • Reply christal cephas August 4, 2019 at 12:40 am

    I take 5000 mg

  • Reply Aimee Kelly August 4, 2019 at 4:12 am

    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?

  • Reply AlexSandra B August 4, 2019 at 8:22 am

    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.

  • Reply Isabel Rayes August 4, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Awesome vídeo!!! 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Reply Conchita Chinchilla August 6, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    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💕

  • Reply Patty Robin August 7, 2019 at 3:12 am

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

  • Reply Guru Sandirasegaram August 7, 2019 at 5:42 am

    USA problems is most of the products are steroids
    You don’t blame it to vitamin D deficiency.
    Eat fruits veggies & fish
    North America all about commercial.
    Avoid slant eyes food & process meat
    These are pesticides

  • Reply HoneyBee August 7, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Saturated fat is healthier.

  • Reply Matchy Matchy August 7, 2019 at 1:49 pm

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

  • Reply Val Pow August 7, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    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.

  • Reply lisa beaulieu August 7, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I get no D. I have vitamin D deficiency.

  • Reply Sandeep Singh August 9, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Is vitamin d deficiency raise bp and effects heart

  • Reply Negin Dehqani August 9, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    thanks for all the info

  • Reply Robert B. August 12, 2019 at 9:20 am

    You don't get Vitamin D in the wintersun ….

  • Reply Carlamelle C August 12, 2019 at 10:39 am


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