Are you being disturbed with undiagnosed aching joints, muscle pain, reduced alertness, depression and disturbed digestion? The cause may be deficiency of Vitamin D. Doctors blame the lifestyle of people for this. It is very common to notice deficiency of vitamin D in pregnant women, lactating mothers, infants and old aged people. But these days due to changed lifestyles in Urban areas have lead youngsters to suffer from this nutritional deficiency.
Causes of Vitamin D deficiency:
Shunning the Sun- vitamin D is also known as “sunshine Vitamin”. When we expose our body to sunlight, the vitamin D gets synthesized naturally. When we shun the sun for a long period of time, staying indoors and working for long hours, the level of vitamin D plummets. Complete body covering long robes and living in northern latitudes also reduce exposure to sun.
Dark skin – The melanin pigment which is more in dark skinned people reduces synthesis of this vitamin to some extent.
Diet - People who follow a vegan diet are at a risk of this deficiency. Allergy to milk and milk products is another cause for low vitamin d level in body.
Stress – Resent studies point to the fact that stress can disrupt vitamin D receptors, leading to deficiency. Lot of stress at work place and home can lower the levels of this vitamin.
Addictions – Alcoholism and smoking reduce the availability of this vitamin to body.
Health Risks associated with deficiency of vitamin D
Diet and lifestyle which help to boost Vitamin D
Shine like a star with this sunshine vitamin.
Dr.Savitha Suri is an ayurvedic Consultant Physician. She has an experience of 26 years in the field of ayurveda. The content is copyrighted to Dr.Savitha Suri and may not be reproduced on other websites. You can contact her for free online ayurvedic consultations at [email protected]
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