The Sunshine Vitamin
Check your Vitamin D Levels!
A deficiency in vitamin D does not manifest in an obvious medical problem. Any wonder then that one out of every three Australians has a deficiency without realizing the fact. (this is according to a recent news report)
My doctor stated that the more people work indoors in our modern day the more prevalent this deficiency becomes.
Sunlight is the natural source of vitamin D. Exposure to sun before 11am and after 3pm for 15mins a day should be enough to cover your daily needs. It is advised that being in the sun without sunscreen (except for the face) allows the body to absorb vitamin D the way nature intended.
This vitamin can be taken in tablet form and if so the recommended dosage is as follows.
DAILY INTAKE of VITAMIN D
1 – 70 years of age - 600IU
71 plus - 800IU
Pregnant / lactating - 600IU
0 – 12 months - 400IU daily
A dietary intake of vitamin D is in foods such as fish, meat, eggs, and in some countries milk contains vitamin D.
Low levels of vitamin D are linked to many cancers, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and more, while high levels prevent and protect against such diseases.
Rickets in children and Osteomalacia (Bone thinning disorder in adults)
Vitamin D promotes the body’s absorption of calcium helping maintain healthy bones and teeth while low serum Vitamin D may contribute to bone and cartilage loss associated with the increased risk of bone fractures and Osteoporosis.
- Vitamin D may improve strength, function and balance.
- Improves bone density and strength by decreasing the amount of calcium excreted through the urine.
- May reduce falls in the elderly
It is encouraging to see that public awareness through the media has increased lately.
Hopefully, my input above will add to that awareness, and although I don’t lay claim to any medical training, I did investigate the subject matter having recently found out that my own Vitamin D level was very low.