Vitamin D is an oily vitamin that can only be obtained through our skin’s contact with the sun. The UV light catalyzes the reaction in our skin that helps our body produce vitamin D. Alternatively, we can help our body produce and absorb vitamin D by consuming healthy fatty acids such as omega-3 acids and some omega-6 acids such as nuts, and avocado among others.
Thing is that lately, we either get too much sun exposure or not enough. Living in these two extremes is costing most of us our health and our body’s optimum functionality. Its really just a mess. Vitamin D is plays a very important role in Calcium absorption. When the body fails to absorb calcium correctly, the calcium in our bones is secreted to make up for the calcium loss elsewhere. You can guess what this leads to, right?
- Loss of bone density
- Easily fractured bones
- Damaged joints
And we’re just just talking about the side effects that are directly related to our bones.
Vitamin D deficiency is linked to a wide range of conditions and ailments such as thyroid, metabolic syndrome, common obesity, certain types of cancer, pancreas and liver problems, heart problems and the list continues.
In many cases, such as that of obesity, low Vitamin levels happen because of the condition itself. Research has shown that, obsese people tend to have low Vitamin D levels because of their obseity but consuming or increasing the Vitamin D on their system won’t help them manage their obesity. However, because obesity is also linked to metabolic syndrome and hypertension, it’s still important for people to seek better levels of Vitamin D in their bodies.
Whether you choose to do it naturally or take a supplement for a while, it’s important that you seek to improve your Vitamin D absorption. Please always make sure to visit your doctor to know whether or not you are having a Vitamin D deficiency and what’s the best dosage for you.
While Vitamin D deficiency shares a wide number of symptoms with many other conditions, it might not always be the cause for your particular ailment. The information in this article should not be a determining factor for you to decide to take Vitamin D supplements, visit a health care professional first.