Health officials reached the conclusion that exposure to sun light is not enough to have plenty of vitamin D or the “sunshine” vitamin in your system.
Because modern man tends to spend most of the time indoors either working or surfing the Internet, experts recommend we should also take vitamin D supplements if we want to stay healthy.
The recommendation is a major shift in public health advice because official experts had recommended for years that it was enough to have a balanced diet and go out in the sun to keep vitamin D within healthy ranges.
Dr. Oliver Gillie, one long time supporter of universal supplements, said that the official advice was more anchored in reality than previous recommendations. He noted that not only an indoor lifestyle makes us Vitamin D deficient, but also avoiding the sun out of fear of skin cancer can contribute to the issue.
“Obviously, you have to be careful to avoid burning but many people fail to realize that sunlight is our primary source of vitamin D and therefore crucial to health,”
Dr. Gillie added.
Vitamin D is crucial for our health. Primarily it helps calcium stick to our bones and teeth and make them stronger. But health benefits do not stop here. A lack of vitamin D is thought to be linked to a cohort of problems including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and multiple sclerosis.
Official recommendations see vitamin D supplementation as a preventive measure, but counseling the general population toward taking vitamin supplements is highly unusual for officials because the public health advice was usually against the mass use of supplements. Yet, the shifting trend may not be that new because some governments added flouride in water to prevent tooth decay since the late 1990s, while others added vitamins in wheat flour to make it more nutritious.
According to health experts, only the elderly, children up to the age of five, pregnant moms, people with a dark toned skin and those who do not stay outdoors that much should take vitamin D supplements. Official data show that one in five adults and one in six children have a vitamin D deficiency.
Dr Sarah Brewer explained that without the vitamin bones become demineralized which may result in rickets in children, and bone disease in adults. Vitamin D deficiency was also linked with constipation, muscle and bone pain, stunted growth, and a weak immune system, Dr. Brewer said
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