In autumn and winter, when the days get shorter and the sun rarely peeks through the clouds, both our mood and our immunity drop. You’ve probably heard of winter depression, and one of the reasons for this may be vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D has a special status among vitamins – our body can produce it from sunlight. In fact, it is a substance that our body converts into a hormone. We can also get it from the foods we eat, but they are not enough to get the dose we need.
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Why Our Body Needs Vitamin D?
The sun vitamin regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, which is why it is important for bone structure. In addition, it is involved in various metabolic processes in the body and can help build muscle strength. Vitamin D is stored mainly in muscle and fat tissues, and small amounts can also be found in the liver.
Vitamin D Boosts Immunity
This is one of the few vitamins that our body cannot produce on its own, so we need to get it from the outside – from the sun, food, drink or food supplements. The recommended daily dose is 600 IU for age 1 to 70 years and 800 IU for people over 70 years of age. The role of this vitamin for human immunity is great. A normal amount reduces the risk of developing autoimmune diseases such as autoimmune thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Also, a sufficient amount of vitamin D prevents infection with tuberculosis, hepatitis, SARS and other diseases. It controls the life cycle of each cell – nerve, muscle, heart, cells of the endocrine and immune systems, as well as the activity of about 2000 genes.
Vitamin D Fights Depression
According to medical studies, people with vitamin D deficiency are more than twice as likely to be depressed compared to people who receive enough. The areas of the brain that are involved in mood regulation contain vitamin receptors. So go out to the sun! There is no better natural stimulant and healer!
A series of studies have found that the severity of cancer of the colon, breast, lung, prostate, kidney is associated with vitamin D deficiency. Of course, no one claims that cancer is caused by vitamin deficiency and that we can cure cancer with vitamin alone.
Did you know that there is a greater risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease for seniors with severe vitamin D? Dietary supplements and most importantly a well – balanced diet with plenty of fatty fish, mushrooms or milk will reduce the risk of these diseases.
Fights Spring Fatigue
You sleep well, you eat well, and yet you feel like tired all the time? The body calls SOS and you may be suffering vitamin deficiency. What would we recommend? A blood test will rule out a more serious chronic illness, and if deficiency is found, we would prescribe a regular dose of sunlight and Vitamin D rich foods! Do not forget that spring fatigue and mild depression can be relieved with vitamin treatment.