MANILA, Philippines – Most Filipinos might take this for granted, but getting ample amounts of sunshine every day is vital for a person. While it might be more comfortable to sit around in the shade or hang out in air-conditioned rooms all day, it also compromises Vitamin D production.
Vitamin D comes primarily from sunlight exposure. While the Philippines is a tropical country, it’s alarming how many Filipinos are actually Vitamin D deficient – 3 out of 5 adults are not getting enough sun. This might be due to an aversion to the heat or the desire to remain fair-skinned. In any case, Vitamin D deficiencies have serious implications, and most people might underestimate that.
What most people know about Vitamin D is its association with bone health, but these days, experts are seeing a link between Vitamin D and its effects on one’s overall health. Studies show that those with appropriate levels of Vitamin D have a lower chance of contracting chronic diseases.
Inversely, a Vitamin D deficiency puts you at risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
People should consider this before hiding in the shade of their umbrellas. Your age, skin color, clothing choices, the weather, and pollution all come into play in Vitamin D production, so it’s best to still have some sun exposure.
Vitamin D is harnessed primarily from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Trying to offset that by consuming Vitamin D-rich foods, like salmon, tuna, and mackerel, can only provide 10% to 15% of the body’s daily quota.
Of course, everything should be done in moderation. Everyone is encouraged to meet their daily Vitamin D requirements, but if for one reason or another, sun exposure is not possible, there are other rich sources of Vitamin D. It might be allergies or skin sensitivity, but taking a Vitamin D supplement such as Forti-D can help supplement your body with the much needed sun vitamin.
After all, the sun is not just for plants. —Rappler.com
A single dose of Forti-D contains 800 IU of Vitamin D3, the necessary amount needed by the body to ensure benefits beyond bone health. Forti-D is available at all leading drugstores nationwide for P6.50 per soft gel capsule.
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