Dr. ButchiKR Keerthimaan 19-12-2016 Consult
As the days grow shorter and the sun bows out gracefully to give way to fog, sleet, and endless overcast skies, you may find that more than your mood is affected. A lack of sunshine in the winter robs your body of vitamin D, leaving you feeling glum, irritated, achy, and prone to illness.
The Benefits of the Sunshine Vitamin
There may be a real reason why we seem to be hardwired to seek out sunny beaches and bask in UV rays whenever possible. Synthesized as a result of sun exposure, vitamin D helps the body regulate calcium and phosphorus, gives the immune system a boost, regulates blood sugar levels, staves off numerous illnesses, and fights depression.
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Why Sun Is So Important?
There are two main types of vitamin D. Vitamin D3 or
cholecalciferol is made in the body as a response to sun exposure, while
vitamin D2 or ergocalciferol is a synthetically added to supplements. Most
experts agree that D3 is the more effective form of the vitamin, as it stays in
the system for longer periods of time.
Although most of our vitamin D needs can be met through sun exposure, there are a few foods which also offer this important nutrient. Eggs, oily fish such as salmon or sardines, and fortified breakfast cereals can all get your closer to your recommended daily allowance.
Effects of Vitamin D Deficiency
The range of symptoms caused by vitamin D deficiency can range from mild to severe. Rickets is a painful childhood bone disease caused by this deficiency, leading to soft, bendable leg bones and a soft skull. Rickets is only one of the visible effects of a vitamin D deficiency, however. Because vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus more efficiently, in its absence it's possible to develop tooth decay, gum disease, bone pains, general fatigue and weakness, and Osteomalacia.