Written by Angela Meuwsen
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Doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals tell us to take Vit D, if you are like most, you don’t question and wonder most of the time, but why? If you attempt to find out why most of the information is mind-blowing and written in a manner that only a doctor can understand it. Today we have tried to explain in layman’s terms. Note that we are not medical professionals and would love the feedback from professional to ensure that we keep the blog updated and prevent misleading information.
The EJCN reported that a large percentage of our global population is Vit-D deficient. Even though Vit D has many benefits, as shown in recent studies, it has demonstrated to improve your lung health. CVID-19 is a virus that reflects, in most cases as flu or as a cold. It affects the lungs, and in more severe cases, it attacks the lungs causing severe inflammation in the lungs and difficulty breathing, resulting in death. Vit D research shows it provides direct anti-inflammatory properties in the lungs. What does this mean? In simple terms, it means that taking the Vit D supplement can help keep your lungs healthy; if you are feeling chesty can help boost the immunity in the lungs and intern can help you breath better.
There are 7 common risk factors that can cause Vit D deficiency:
- Having dark skin.
- Being elderly.
- Being overweight or obese.
- Not eating much fish or dairy.
- Living far from the equator where there is little sun year-round.
- Always using sunscreen when going out.
- Staying indoors.
There are a wide variety of over the counter Vit D’s available; research recommends that you take a daily dose of 20–50 μg (800–2000 IU) and if you are healthy and use it as a daily booster 800 – 1000 IU should be sufficient.
Below are some conditions that can be indicators of Vit D deficiency. But before self-treatment, we strongly advise that you consult with your medical practitioner if you experience any of these symptoms as the below can also be related to other conditions or more severe illnesses.
- Because it lowers the immunity, you more at risk of infections such as colds, bronchitis and pneumonia.
- Severe Vit D deficiency may cause Chronic fatigue and headaches, which are also associated with low blood level. Studies have shown that taking a Vit D supplement could improve energy levels.
- Research has shown a strong link between low Vit D levels and low bone mineral density, causing bone, back, rib, leg and joint pain. A research case study conducted of over 9000 Older women who suffered from back pain showed that they also had a Vit D deficiency. Positive results were found when these women took Vit D, helped with calcium absorption, a supplement needed for bone health.
- Depression – Some controlled studies have shown that giving vitamin D to deficient people helps improve depression, including seasonal depression during the colder months.
- Hair loss, especially in women, is often related to stress, but it can also be linked to Vit D deficiency. There are, however, many other foods and nutrients that that may affect your hair’s health. If you experience hair loss, you may be interested in the 14 best foods for hair growth.
- The vitamin D receptor is present in nerve cells called nociceptors, which sense pain. Even though limited research is available, it has shown that it can help alleviate pain in children suffering from growing pains and has assisted with pain relief in adults’ muscle aches.
Vit D deficiency is one of the most undiagnosed conditions, and most people that are deficient, don’t even know it. A daily supplement of between 800 UI and 2000 UI, will help built immunity if you keep having consistent symptoms consult with your doctor.
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