The sunshine vitamin for good health

Help yourself and expose some skin to Vitamin D will save you money on health bills

Little do we reflect on the fact that there is a vitamin that lights up every cell of our bodies with the help of natural light. Yes of course that's Vitamin D. Unlike other vitamins, Vitamin D functions as a hormone, and every single cell of the human body has a receptor for it. Your body makes this miracle vitamin from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to sunlight. The recommended daily intake (RDI) is usually around 400 to 800 IU, but many experts say you should get more than this amount. Some reasons that might contribute to the deficiency of Vitamin D are being overweight or obese, not eating much fish or dairy, living far from the equator where there is little sun exposure and a sedentary indoor life.
Therefore to state the obvious, you need to provide this 'D-LIGHT' to your skin. The long term consequences of deficiency are falling sick or contracting infections frequently. If you often fall sick, especially with a cold or flu, low vitamin D levels may be a contributing factor. This fact reiterates the sheer importance of Vitamin D in terms of boosting immunity, during the ongoing COVID pandemic. Chronic fatigue and tiredness is another symptom of deficiency. Another body condition that might tell you about Vitamin D deficiency is bone and back pain. Vitamin D helps maintain bone health, for one, it improves your body's absorption of calcium. Bone pain and lower back pain may be signs of inadequate Vitamin D levels in the blood.
Vitamin D is the simple answer to many chronic health issues
Depression is another consequence of low Vitamin D intake. Slow healing of wounds after surgery or injury may also be a telling sign.Vitamin D plays a crucial role in calcium absorption and bone metabolism. Many older people who are diagnosed with bone loss believe they need to take more calcium. However, they may be deficient in Vitamin D as well.Hair loss is often attributed to stress, which is certainly a common cause. However, when hair loss is severe, it may be the result of a disease or nutrient deficiency. Hair loss in women has been linked to low Vitamin D levels, though there is very little research on this to date.
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The causes of muscle pain are often difficult to pinpoint. There is some evidence however that Vitamin D deficiency may be a potential cause of muscle pain in children and adults.Vitamin D deficiency is common and people are generally unaware because the symptoms are often subtle and non-specific. You can either increase your sun exposure or eat more vitamin-D-rich foods, such as fatty fish or fortified dairy products to ensure you have an optimal level in your body. Fixing your deficiency is simple and easy and can have big benefits for your health.

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