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The Upside and Flipside of Vitamin D

 By now you would have heard this piece of story. Michelle Obama's Let’s Move Active Schools starts with a website www.letsmoveschools.org where people can sign up to get started. If you are a student then be aware that exercise improves academic performance. Exercising three times a week improves the quality of life for overweight people with type 2 diabetes.

 

Now instead of doing your exercise indoors it would be a double benefit if you do it in the sunshine. Because you increase your vitamin D reserves in the body. 80to 90% of vitamin D is obtained from the sun. Some foodstuffs such as cod liver oil, fish, fortified cereals, oysters, tofu, soy milk, salami, eggs and mushroom do contain this vitamin. If you are a working mum and seemed to be bothered about all these stuff. Then be rest assured that two cups of milk per day is enough to maintain adequate vitamin D levels while also maintaining iron stores for your kid.

 

This vitamin strengthens bones, increases immunity and is very effective against preventing colds during winter, used in the treatment and prevention of rickets. People suffering from diabetics develop clogged arteries which may lead to heart disease. Vitamin D prevents clogged arteries in diabetics and a low level of this sacred vitamin can cause clogging in arteries. This vitamin is required for the regulation of calcium and phosphorous in the body.

 

On the flip side pregnant women should avoid taking vitamin D supplements because it raises the risk of children developing food allergy after birth. Too much of vitamin D can lead to calcium deposits in the soft tissues, confusion, kidney damage, kidney stones, nausea, constipation, weakness and weight loss. We saw both the sides of the coin. Based on all these above facts I hope you take an informed decision to lead a healthy life.

 

Take care,

Swarnam

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