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
- Diabetes – Vitamin D is required to balance the sugar level in blood. This vitamin regulates the secretion of insulin. Deficiency of this vitamin may lead to diabetes.
- Hypertension – low levels of this vitamin may increase the risk of high blood pressure.
- Increased cardio vascular risk – Reduced vitamin D in body may cause heart diseases.
- Low immunity – This deficiency may lead to lowered body immunity and lead to repeated infections.
- Bone and muscle ache – Vitamin D is needed for strong bones. Deficiency causes aching bones and muscles, low bone density and osteoporosis. This increases susceptibility to fractures.
- Brain Damage – Lack of this vitamin may reduce memory power and cognitive performance.
- Infertility – Good amount of Vitamin D helps in healthy production of testosterone and female reproductive hormones. Reduced level of these hormones may cause infertility in men and women.
- Depression– the plummeted levels of vitamin D may cause depression. Supplementation with this hormone helps to recover from this state of mind.
- Cancer – Deficiency of this vitamin can increase the risk of cancer.
- Erectile Dysfunction – Low level of Vitamin D increases the risk of erectile dysfunction in men.
Diet and lifestyle which help to boost Vitamin D
- Consult a physician immediately if you notice ache in bones and muscles, depression and lack of concentration. The level of vitamin D can be determined through blood test.
- Expose your body for 20 minutes to morning sunlight. Ayurvedic physicians recommend the yoga posture Surya Namaskara done for 20 minutes facing the early morning sun.
- Consume the vitamin D supplements as prescribed by your physician.
- Use milk and milk products fortified with vitamin D. Regular use of milk and curd helps to build weakened bones.
- Consume cod liver oil, fish, dry fruits, oranges, mushrooms, tofu, and eggs.
Shine like a star with this sunshine vitamin.