Why do you need vitamin D?
Around one billion people or approximately 15% of the world’s population suffer from vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is essential for the bones to use calcium. It helps support the immunity system, brain, and nervous system. It helps regulate insulin levels to prevent diabetes. It supports lung function and prevent cardiovascular diseases. It also influences gene development involved in cancer. It’s naturally produced when ultraviolet rays from the sun make contact with the skin. It can also be found in dairy products and other food such as fish and egg yolk.
Signs and symptoms
When you shun the sun, you may experience tiredness and fatigue, some of many subtle signs of vitamin D deficiency. Others include bone and back pain, impaired wound healing, hair loss, muscle pain, and feeling depressed. Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in adults, asthma in children, and even cancer. Since vitamin D is essential in bone growth because it helps the bones use calcium, people who suffer from deficiency are also at high risk of bone diseases such as rickets (soft bones) in children and osteomalacia (fragile, misshapen bones) in adults.
Patching it up
You can usually get it from the sun but with today’s modern office lifestyle, not everyone can get the sunlight they need. You get in a vehicle to go to work, avoiding the morning sun and by the time you’re done with work, the sun is already setting. Unfortunately, milk allergies can also cause vitamin D deficiency because milk also has vitamin D. The same goes with people following a strict vegan diet because the vitamin can be found in food that they don’t eat. Going on a morning jog will help get the needed exposure but nobody has time for that. Supplements is one way to go about it but why settle for pills that may have pharmaceutical side effects when you can get vitamin D patches. Patches are effective because it’s applied directly to the skin so the vitamins go straight to the bloodstream compared to waiting for pills to get digested.