Taking Vitamin D supplements? Here’s what you need to know

By Sayujya S, Desk Reporter
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To ensure that our body functions well, we should provide it with all the necessary nutrients. Therefore, it is most important to consume a well-balanced diet.

Each nutrient assists in different body functions but many of us fail to intake all the nutrients in the right quantity. There can be several reasons behind it including the kind of diet you follow, unhealthy eating, availability of food and much more.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is one of the common deficiencies. The sunshine vitamin is responsible for maintaining healthy bones and teeth as it enhances the absorption of calcium from the diet. Vitamin D is also responsible for a healthy immune system and much more.

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to symptoms like muscle weakness, pain, fatigue, depression, lower back pain, frequent infections and much more. Your doctor might prescribe supplements to overcome this deficiency. In order to make these supplements work wonders for you, here are some tips you can follow:

Keep these in mind while taking Vitamin D supplements

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For optimum vitamin D intake experts advise us to add a good amount of quality fats to regular meals. Your body can collect vitamin D from food sources including fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon, dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, egg yolks and cereals to name a few.

We all know that our body is capable of producing Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. So allow yourselves to soak in the early morning sunlight for 15 minutes everyday.

There are also researches from the Harvard Public of School health which says that a good amount of exercise (at least 2-3 times per week) also boosts vitamin D levels.

Vitamin D overdose

High levels of vitamin D in the body can lead to side effects like nausea, vomiting, kidney issues, weakness and frequent urination. According to the global health agencies, those between the ages of 1 to 70 years should consume 600 IU (international units) of vitamin D daily. Those above the age of 70 years need a little extra amount of vitamin D that is 800 IU daily. It is always best to seek help from an expert before adding supplements to your diet and take them as prescribed.

So, exercising regularly, following a healthy lifestyle and eating right is important to see the magic of the Vitamin D supplements you are consuming.