Truth is we’ve been delaying this article for a while until we had enough information & facts to allow us to enlighten our readers.
Here’s our process. A human body produces vitamin D as a response to sun exposure. A person can also boost their vitamin D intake through certain foods or supplements.
Vitamin D is essential for several reasons, including maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Vitamins are nutrients that the body cannot create, and so a person must consume them in the diet.
Although the body can create vitamin D, a deficiency can occur for many reasons.
Causes Skin type: Darker skin, for example, and sunscreen, reduce the body’s ability to absorb the ultraviolet radiation B (UVB) rays from the sun. Absorbing sunlight is essential for the skin to produce vitamin D. Sunscreen: A sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 can reduce the body’s ability to synthesize the vitamin by 95% or more . Breastfeeding: Infants who exclusively breastfeed need a vitamin D supplement, especially if they have dark skin or have minimal sun exposure.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that all breastfed infants receive 400 international units (IU) per day of oral vitamin D. Supplement drops for babies are available online. Dosage People can measure vitamin D intake in micrograms (mcg) or international units (IU). One microgram of vitamin D is equal to 40 IU.
The recommended daily intakes of vitamin D are as follows: Infants 0–12 months: 400 IU (10 mcg). Adults up to 70 years: 600 IU (15 mcg). 800 IU (20 mcg).
Pregnant or lactating women: 600 IU (15 mcg). Sensible sun exposure on bare skin for 5–10 minutes, 2–3 times per week, allows most people to produce sufficient vitamin D. However, vitamin D breaks down quite quickly, meaning that stores can run low, especially in winter.
A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain caused by a condition called osteomalacia in adults.
Government advice is that everyone should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement during the autumn and winter. Information: There have been some reports about vitamin D reducing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Symptoms And Health Risks Of Vitamin D Deficiency
However, for many people, the symptoms are subtle.
Yet, even without symptoms, too little vitamin D can pose health risks.