Vitamin D: Dairy products are an excellent source of vitamin D.
In one of her recent reels, Dr. Jaishree Sharad discusses the many downsides of insufficient vitamin D intake. She mentions, “Vitamin D deficiency causes bone pain, fatigue, and muscle weakness.
She further states, “Lack of vitamin D can also aggravate skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, SLE and can also lead to hair loss.”
Calcium and phosphate levels in the body are regulated with the help of vitamin D. To maintain strong bones, teeth and muscles, these nutrients are needed. Lack of vitamin D can lead to bone discomfort due to osteomalacia in adults and bone abnormalities such as rickets in children.
Low vitamin D levels are linked to impaired immunity, increased inflammation and lower insulin sensitivity. A deficiency can have a harmful effect on the skin. The deterioration of the skin barrier due to impaired immune function increases the risk of infection and increases dryness.
Inflammatory diseases such as acne, eczema and rosacea can get worse when there is more inflammation. Although we often associate diabetes with impaired insulin sensitivity, disruption of this system can also lead to collagen glycosylation and exacerbated acne.
The human body responds to sun exposure by producing vitamin D. A person can increase their vitamin D intake by eating particular foods or taking supplements. Dr. Sharad lists, “These are a few foods that can help you maintain vitamin D – fish, eggs, fortified milk, tofu, cheese, mushrooms, etc. You can even take vitamin D supplements 4000 IU daily.”
“If you’re lacking in vitamin D, you’ll need higher doses.” Add Dr. Sharad at the end. The best way to ensure better vitamin D intake is to talk to your doctor and get tested. This can help you figure out how much vitamin D you need and what’s best for you to make sure you’re getting enough.
Make sure you get tested for vitamin D and get enough to avoid these problems.
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