Vitamin D and its importance for our Physical and Mental Health

Happy End of Monday Everyone,

We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well. Another week of social distancing has begun and another week closer to normality returning! We know, It’s a challenging time for many and we are pleased by all of employees across the business that are adapting well to the current situation.

To continue maintaining a high level of well-being, we would like to share some useful and interesting information about Vitamin D and its importance.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight. Your body produces vitamin D naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight. You can also get it through certain foods and supplements to ensure adequate levels of the vitamin in your blood.

Vitamin D is an extremely important vitamin that has powerful effects on several systems throughout your body.

One of vitamin D’s most important roles is keeping your immune system strong so you’re able to fight off viruses and bacteria that cause illness. It directly interacts with the cells that are responsible for fighting infection.

If you often become sick, especially with colds or the flu, low vitamin D levels may be a contributing factor.

Several large observational studies have shown a link between a deficiency and respiratory tract infections like colds, bronchitis and pneumonia.

Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain caused by a condition called osteomalacia in adults.

Furthermore, felling tired can have many causes, and vitamin D deficiency may be one of them. Unfortunately, it’s often overlooked as a potential cause. Case studies have shown that very low blood levels can cause fatigue that has a severe negative effect on quality of life. 

In addition, research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression.

Given the current Covid-19 situation , you should ensure that you and your loved ones get enough vitamin D in order to stay healthy.

Adults over 70 and whoever is cocooning under coronavirus measures could be at “high risk” of vitamin D deficiency as they may lack opportunity for sun exposure.

Recent research shows vitamin D helps prevent respiratory illness and benefits immune function. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (Tilda) report says that “maintaining a sufficient vitamin D status may therefore be of benefit in the Covid-19 pandemic”.

With all the above in mind, please open your shades when the sun comes up, or step outside where possible. Also, Bringing sunlight into your home will help balance your circadian rhythm for better sleep and energy management. And stepping outside for even just a quick breath of fresh air will make you feel more alive and less isolated.

For more information on Vitamin D you can refer to the links below:

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/benefits-vitamin-d

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-d-deficiency-symptoms

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/vitamin-d-vital-role-in-your-health#1

Have a great rest of the week and stay safe!

Regards

Smartbox Wellbeing Committee

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