Vitamin D is essential throughout life, but it can be especially important for the elderly. Unfortunately, many seniors struggle with Vitamin D deficiency. And in the winter, it can be even harder for seniors to get enough of it without sunny days. With many seniors stuck inside during these colder months, it can be even harder to get enough of it.
Why is Vitamin D Important?
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and promotes bone health. A lack of Vitamin D in adults can lead to fragile, and even misshapen bones. Most elderly individuals that spend the majority of their time indoors are at risk of being Vitamin D deficient, as the sun is the best source of it. In the winter, it can be even more common.
About 40% of adults are lacking proper Vitamin D levels. A lack of this vitamin can lead to issues such as muscle weakness, bone deterioration, depression, Osteoporosis, and even cancer.
Vitamin D Deficiency & Sunlight
Direct sunshine is one of the best sources of Vitamin D. UVB light from the sun helps your body synthesize Vitamin D out of cholesterol. While too much sun can be a bad thing, it is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Overall, fresh air and sunlight can help you feel healthier, happier, and more energetic. The sun’s UV rays cannot penetrate windows, so direct sunlight while outdoors is really the best way of getting Vitamin D.
However, in Winter, it can be difficult for most people to stay outside for long periods of time, because of the cold. In this case, it can be important to source your Vitamin D in other ways.
Vitamin D Rich Foods and Fighting Deficiency
Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of foods that are rich in Vitamin D. Tuna, swordfish, salmon, egg yolks, beef liver, and sardines are fairly rich in this nutrient. However, most of them don’t contain enough Vitamin D to replace direct sun exposure entirely. Talk with your loved one’s physician before changing their diet, as certain foods may need to be avoided with some medications.
There are many Vitamin D supplements on the market. Many of these supplements will provide you with more than the needed daily amount of this nutrient. Talk to your loved one’s doctor before purchasing supplements for them. They can help determine which nutrients they should take, and what dosage may be right for their needs.
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