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Four Fast Facts About Vitamin D

The evidence is in: people living in industrial societies are deficient in Vitamin D. Though it may have positive effects on cancer, heart disease, depression, multiple sclerosis, inflammation, spinal pain, decreased immunity, autism, asthma, allergies, autoimmune diabetes, athletic performance and premature ageing, most don’t get what their bodies require.

There are several positive effects that proper Vitamin D intake can have:

  • Vitamin D is an essential nutrient required by all humans for general health and illness prevention
  • You’d need 20 minutes a day of sun exposure with no clothing or sunscreen applied to meet your daily requirement: 1000 IUs for every 20 kilograms of body weight in adults and 1000 IUs for every 20 kilograms of body weight in children
  • Research indicates that a deficiency of Vitamin D should be explored in patients with chronic pain, spinal pain, fibromyalgia, muscle weakness or fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression
  • Supplementing with Vitamin D can reduce the incidence of cold and flu by nearly 100%

Increasing Your Vitamin D Intake

Certain groups of people are at particular risk for a Vitamin D deficiency, such as vegans who don’t the animal products that Vitamin D is found in or those in colder climates without as much sun exposure. In addition to taking a supplement, you can be sure to add fish, egg yolks and fortified dairy or grain products to your diet.

If you’re considering starting to take a Vitamin D supplement, you should first research its quality so that you’re certain your body is getting what it needs. If you’re unsure on which brands may be best for you, ask your health practitioner for advice.

At Atlas Chiropractic Hong Kong, Chiropractor Dr Ben Dyer is pleased to offer tips on a range of health-related issues to his patients, ensuring they get what their body needs to stay healthy and vibrant. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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