Today Vitamin D deficiency is becoming a major problem for many of us due to the modern lifestyle, sluggishness, lack of physical exercise, processed food. If we visit the doctor, we will definitely know that we are deficient in any of them. Doctors say many people are suffering from vitamin D deficiency. A level of 20 nanograms/milliliter to 50 ng/mL is considered adequate for healthy people. A level less than 12 ng/mL indicates vitamin D deficiency.
The Human body is a wonderful chemical factory. Some thousands of chemical reactions occur in this living body. Most importantly, we need a sufficient amount of nutrients in order to run the metabolism smoothly. Carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins and minerals are all essential nutrients for our body. Lack of any one of these shows a severe effect on our body.
We need this vitamin D for a strong Immune system, bone and tooth health. This vitamin keeps Cardiovascular System and Respiratory System active. This vitamin D is essential for the brain and Central Nervous System to be active and immune. Adequate intake of this vitamin may help prevent certain types of cancer. This vitamin regulates insulin.
Vitamin D is also known as Sunshine Vitamin. It is very important than all vitamins. Natural source of Vitamin D is to exposure to sunlight. It is a great gift given to us, free of cost. Vitamin D is added to the calcium present in our body and helps to strengthen the bone. In addition to this, we need adequate amounts of vitamin D.
Causes of deficiency
- Lack of physical activity, obesity, and smoking – all contributed to the increase in vitamin D deficiency.
- Not taking Vitamin D rich foods
- No exposure to sunlight
- Dark skin (Melanin prevents the skin to absorb Vitamin D from sunlight)
- Usage of certain medication
- In some medical conditions, the digestive tract cannot absorb Vitamin D adequately.
- Sunscreen lotions inhibit Vitamin D absorption naturally.
Signs and symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency
- Fatigue and extreme tiredness
- Bone Pains and severe back pain
- Muscle weakness, pains, cramps
- Frequent mood changes
- Increased risk of fractures
- Hair loss
- frequent infections
- Unexplained pains
- Cognitive problems in elderly people
Vitamin D rich foods
- Fish and fish oils
- egg yolks
- fortified dairy products, cereals and juices
- Cod liver oil
Lifestyle changes that help increase Vitamin D
- Regular exposure to Sunlight
- Regular exercise
- Make sure your daily diet has Vitamin D
Benefits of taking Vitamin D
- keeps the bones and teeth healthy
- Increases Immunity
- Keeps the Brain and Nervous system active
- Regulates Insulin levels
- Keeps the Cardiovascular system healthy
- Prevents certain types of cancers
Vitamin D supplements are given in the form of injections and tablets. But Doctors say that taking a vitamin D supplement naturally has more benefits than taking a vitamin D pill or injection.
May God bless all of us with good health and a happy life.
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