You have probably all heard about the importance of vitamin D for our body and its deficiency in common Lithuanians, especially in the winter period. Numerous scientific studies have proven the benefits of vitamin D for the body and its importance in maintaining the body's vital functions.
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A lack of vitamin D is also associated with some diseases: some autoimmune, oncological diseases, bone loss, depression. In case of vitamin D deficiency, muscle weakness, fatigue, frequent headaches, weakening of the body's immunity, recurrent respiratory diseases, and the possibility of heart diseases are possible. The deficiency of vitamin D is especially manifested in old age, as the absorption of vitamin D also becomes more difficult with age. Adequate amount of vitamin D can regulate insulin production, metabolism of magnesium, calcium and phosphorus in the body, promotes absorption of calcium from the digestive tract. Naturally, we should all get vitamin D from the sun. Being in the sun, the body naturally produces vitamin D on its own, but the short summers in Lithuania and the low amount of direct sunlight do not allow us to produce the right amount of vitamin D in our bodies. Most people do not work outdoors when the sun is shining intensely, but in offices, so they do not get much direct sunlight, and many people like to use protective creams during vacations, which also prevent the production of vitamin D. To get the right amount of sunlight, we should at least 15 minutes , be outside twice a week between 10-14 hours and the sun's rays should reach at least 1/4 of our bodies directly. So we can ask ourselves if we have enough sunlight) and here we are only talking about the summer period, but how can the body get vitamin D in the cold period of the year? We can also get a certain part of vitamin D with food. Fatty milk, butter, meat, fatty fish, fish oil, egg yolks contain vitamin D. One of the most effective ways to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D is to take quality vitamin D supplements and periodically monitor vitamin D levels with a vitamin D blood test.