In winter season, we need sunlight for vitamin-D and also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is a vitamin you can get from food or supplements. Exposure to the sun also stimulates vitamin D production in the skin.
Vitamin D serves several important functions in the body.
Promoting calcium absorption
Maintaining normal calcium and phosphate levels
Promoting bone and cell growth
According to Harvard University an estimated 1 billion people are low in vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiencies can cause short-term symptoms and long-term complications.
What are the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency?
Several factors have contributed to the rising incidence of vitamin D deficiency. These include:
Wearing sunscreen (sunscreen blocks the sun’s ability to stimulate vitamin D production)
Not spending enough time outside
Having darkly pigmented skin, which won’t absorb the sun’s rays as well exclusively breast-feeding babies for prolonged time periods.
Being obsessed, which typically raises your vitamin D requirements
Vitamin D deficiency doesn’t always cause symptoms.
When it does, some of the symptoms may include:
Difficulty in thinking clearly
Frequent bone fractures
Soft bones that may result in deformities
Few unfortified foods in a person’s diet are high in vitamin D.
How is vitamin D deficiency treated?
Foods that are naturally high in vitamin D include:
Fatty fish, such as mackerel, salmon, and tuna
Fish liver oils