Vitamin D is said to be one of the most important nutrients for our health. It controls the regulation of more than 2,000 of the 30,000 human genes and plays a vital role in immunity and physical performance .Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which directly helps in building stronger bones. There is a misconception among people when they hear “Vitamin D and exposure to sun” people think taking a sunbath or soaking under sun is giving them enough Vitamin D which is utterly a misconception. Longer and concentrated exposure to the sun will give you the required vitamin D. However if you are living in non-equatorial latitudes, the sun rays may not be strong enough to produce vitamin D for 6 months . In total one billion people worldwide are Vit D deficient. Low Vitamin D levels can lead to sudden boss loss, low bones density, osteoporosis, and increases the chances of getting fractures.
Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms
- Repetitive illness
- Back pain
- General sadness or low mood
- Bone loss or brittleness
- Hair loss (more than usual)
- Unexplained muscle pain (not from exercise or strain)
- Impaired wound healing
- Skin dryness
What causes vitamin D deficiency?
You can become deficient in vitamin D for different reasons:
1. Not getting enough vitamin D through diet
2. Not able to absorb enough vitamin D from food
3. Not getting enough exposure to sunlight.
4. Liver or kidneys aren't able to convert vitamin D to its active form in the body.
5. Taking medicines that interfere with body's ability to convert or absorb vitamin D
Who is at risk of vitamin D deficiency?
1. Breastfed infants
2. Senior citizens, because their skin doesn't make vitamin D efficiently as good when they were young
3. Crohn's disease or celiac disease sufferers who cannot handle fat properly, because vitamin D needs fat to be absorbed.
4. People who have obesity
5. People who recently had gastric bypass surgery
6. People with osteoporosis
7. People with chronic kidney or liver disease
8. People with any type of cancer.
1. Contributes to stronger bone health
2. Helps manage blood sugar levels
3. Facilitates hormone regulation
4. Helps manage blood sugar levels
5. Enhances the immune system
6. Improves heart health
7. Helps with concentration learning and memory
8. Protects against influenza flu