By Ms Aisha Noreen:
you live north of the line connecting San Francisco to Philadelphia and Athens to Beijing, odds are that you don’t get enough vitamin D. The same holds true if you don’t get outside for at least a 15-minute daily walk in the sun. African-Americans and others with dark skin, as well as older individuals, tend to have much lower levels of vitamin D, as do people who are overweight or obese.
Globally, an expected 1 billion people have insufficient levels of vitamin D in their blood, and deficiencies can be found in all ethnicities and age groups. Indeed, in industrialized countries, doctors are even seeing the resurgence of rickets, the bone-weakening disease that had been largely eradicated through vitamin D fortification.
Why are these widespread vitamin D deficiencies of such great concern? Because research conducted over the past decade suggests that vitamin D plays a much broader disease-fighting role than once thought. Being “D-ficient” may increase the risk of a host of chronic diseases, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, some cancers, and multiple sclerosis, as well as infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis and even the seasonal flu.
Currently, there’s scientific debate about the sources from where vitamin D people need each day. As we know, Vitamin D is both a nutrient we eat and a hormone our bodies make. Few foods we eat are naturally rich in vitamin D, so the biggest dietary sources of vitamin D are fortified foods and vitamin supplements. Good sources include dairy products and breakfast cereals (both of which are fortified with vitamin D), and fatty fish such as salmon and tuna. For most people, the best way to get enough vitamin D is taking a supplement. As a hormone, the body manufactures vitamin D from cholesterol, through a process triggered by the action of sunlight on skin, hence its nickname, “the sunshine vitamin.”
For Hypovitaminosis D: I felt strongly about my clients’ that don’t run out to the drug store to buy vitamin D pills just yet. Modify your lifestyle to fulfil your daily requirement. If you fail to fulfil your daily requirement than follow vitamin D supplementation habits.
After doing this, not only have I seen what this amazing vitamin can do for my bones, but it has also vastly improved my overall health after being deficient.