Vitamin D also known as The “Sunshine Vitamin" is a fat soluble vitamin, important for bone health, calcium & phosphorus absorption .It's deficiency can increase your risk of bone fractures, osteopenia, osteoporosis, rickets, prostate cancer, alzheimer’s disease , parkinson’s disease and depression. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.
According to various studies, at least one third of the world is deficient in vitamin D. Why?? The answer is really simple. We get vitamin D from sun exposure. And now, more than ever, the world’s population lives an indoor lifestyle, avoiding the sun daily.
A variety of other factors reduce the skin's production of vitamin D3, including increased skin pigmentation, aging, topical application of sunscreen, fat malabsorption and obesity.
1. The major source of vitamin D for children and adults is exposure to natural sunlight. Vitamin D produced in the skin may last at least twice as long in the blood compared with ingested vitamin D (Sunlight is the only reliable way to generate Vitamin D in your body) When you expose your skin to the sun, your body makes vitamin D, lots of it.
2. On the other hand, there isn’t much vitamin D found in foods. Some of the food sources are listed below:
Doctors can diagnose a vitamin D deficiency by performing a simple blood test. Get yourself checked today!!
Dietitian Ritu Bhatia