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Diet & Nutrition

WHY VITAMIN D IS SO VITAL!

The most popular belief is that if you prefer to stay indoors and hate the sun, you are most likely to suffer from vitamin D deficiency. But is that all? Not necessarily! Adhering to a strict vegan diet may also be a cause because it occurs naturally in some foods and avoiding them might lead to a lack of it in our body. It occurs in some fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks — and in fortified dairy and grain products

Also known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D, like any other vitamin is crucial. It keeps our bones strong, assists he body is retaining and using calcium that we intake during consumption.

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The most likely disease that the deficiency will bring on is Rickets which is associated with bone tissue and leads to skeletal deformities. This is because the bones do not have the calcium for tissues to form well which results in soft bones.

Benefits of Vitamin D:

According to research, vitamin D could help with the prevention and the treatment of different health issues like hypertension, glucose intolerance, diabetes – type 1 and type 2, and multiple sclerosis.

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Symptoms:

Vitamin D deficiency is very difficult to understand just by gauging the symptoms because they are extremely subtle. Generally bone pain and muscle pain are primary symptoms.

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Health Risks

  • cardiovascular disease
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Severe asthma
  • Cancer

Causes:

  1. Inadequate consumption: Vitamin D also comes from the food we eat and not just the sun. The most natural sources are animal based like fish, milk and eggs. If you follow a strict vegan diet, you might most like get a vitamin D deficiency.
  2. Inadequate Sunlight: The body makes vitamin D when in the presence of sunlight. So staying in darker areas where there is limited sunlight, staying indoors, covering yourself completely, or rarely going outdoors, increases risk of vitamin D deficiency.
  3. Dark Skin: Darker skin contains higher quantities of melanin which reduces production of Vitamin D in response to sunlight.

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