VITAMIN D – Are you tired, weak, suffering from back, neck or joint pain?

You could be suffering from Vitamin D deficiency!!!

Vitamin D should be taken seriously. Lack of Vitamin D has been linked to: Cancer, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Autism.

A lady recently asked one of our doctors, what is the best way to get vitamin D? She thought the only way to get vitamin D, was to go to the doctor for a prescription. No, No, No! So lets clear up some of this confusion.

Vitamin D, is not a medication. It’s not something you have to get from our doctor. In fact vitamin D is a natural biochemical we get from sunlight and from some foods such as oily fish and dairy products.

Its not something you have once in a while when you are feeling ill, you need it constantly and gradually in your body for healthy bones, joints, teeth and to maintain overall health and wellbeing throughout your life.

This amazing vitamin is available to everyone for FREE. The best way to get vitamin D is through sunlight because it’s natural and is gradually absorbed through the skin. We get vitamin D the minute we step outside of our homes into the sunlight, and living in the UAE means we are lucky to have lots of it. The problem with that is, some don’t take full advantage of this. In the Middle East, the Arabic custom of covering most of the body with modest dress, often results in severe vitamin D deficiency in men and women. For those who do not cover, they may often remain indoors for many months when it’s too hot to enjoy the sun in the UAE.

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Its important not to go overboard and spend hours baking in the sun, too much sun increases the risk of skin cancer and ageing. Be safe, you can protect areas of your skin like your face from premature skin damage by using a high sunscreen, but leave some areas of your skin exposed to sunlight without any sunscreen. This will allow some parts of your skin to absorb vitamin D from sunlight. You need about 30 minutes of exposure to the skin (without sunscreen) three times a week.

If you suspect you may have a vitamin D deficiency, a blood test can determine this. People suffering severe deficiencies do need to see a doctor as they may need a high dosage injection of vitamin D.

For those with less serious level of vitamin D deficiency, its best to gradually increase it into the body naturally by taking walks in sunlight or sitting outdoors in the daytime. This can even be done in the privacy of your garden or balcony. It doesn’t have to be at the hottest time of day, it can be early morning as long as there is sunlight. Additionally try to increase vitamin D in your food by eating oily fish and some dairy products and get a low dosage supplements from the chemist of around 200-400mg to be taken each day. (Avoid large dosages unless advised by your doctor, because large doses of any supplement puts a lot of strain on the liver to process).

If you think you might be vitamin D deficient or would like help treating any condition causing you back, neck or joint pain call 043481166 to book an appointment. Or for more information about our clinic visit: www.chiropracticdubai.com

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