Fighting COVID19: 8 Warning Signs Your Body Is Lacking in Vitamin D
Research on the coronavirus has found how vitamin D deficiencies are impacting patient mortality and severity of the disease COVID 19. Growing circumstantial evidence has linked the outcomes of COVID 19 and vitamin D according to an article published in the medical journal Lancet. Health authorities in the UK have also recommended the consumption of vitamin D supplements because of people confined at homes which means no vitamin D from the sun one of the primary sources of the vitamin. Vitamin D supplementation is also extremely important for elderly people at higher risk of fatal outcomes of COVID 19 and vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D functions like a hormone and exerts a powerful effect on the body and every single cell in the body has a receptor for it.
How do you get vitamin D?
Vitamin D is manufactured in the body. Sun exposure helps the body manufacture Vitamin D from cholesterol. UVB rays from the sun hit the cells providing them energy for the synthesis of vitamin D. The vitamin is also found in some foods like fatty fish, some dairy products also contain vitamin D but it is difficult to get a good amount of the vitamin from food alone. The RDI of Vitamin D is 400-800 UI although some say that it should be more than that. The biggest problem people now face in the ongoing pandemic is the confinement indoors making it difficult for people to get vitamin D and of course a poor diet won’t give you levels of the vitamin either. Estimates have calculated that at least one billion people around the world suffer from vitamin D deficiency and here are the signs and symptoms you may be lacking in vitamin D.
1You get infected and sick often
Vitamin D is responsible for keeping your immune system healthy to fight viruses and bacteria. Frequently getting sick or catching the flu could be due to a lack of vitamin D. In fact, studies have established a link between vitamin D deficiency and respiratory tract infections like lung infections, and COPD. Studies have also found how volunteers with such conditions improved after vitamin D supplementation for a year.
Tiredness and a feeling of fatigued may due to several other causes, conditions and diseases but a lack of vitamin D is one of them. How does one find out if your tiredness is because of vitamin D deficiency? When your fatigue and tiredness is one among at least three or four symptoms mentioned here, then a lack of vitamin D cannot be ruled out. Observational studies have found vitamin D supplementation improved fatigue and tiredness in both young and old alike.