As moms, we always worry about the health of our loved ones, which is why we look for ways to boost our immunity against viruses. While it's likely that you've already stocked up on vitamin C and zinc, research suggests that it's also just as vital to be sufficient in vitamin D since it aids your body in developing resistance against respiratory infections.
One of the most important things you can do right now is to boost your immunity by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep, among others. But if you want to do a bit more, here's a short guide on how vitamin D can help:
It helps reduce the risk of infections and pneumonia.
Vitamin D has mechanisms that can lower the replication rate of viruses in the body and helps fight off the inflammation that can possibly lead to pneumonia. In fact, low levels of vitamin D are associated with increased susceptibility to infection and decreased lung function, which may affect your body's ability to fight respiratory diseases.
It helps protect you against diseases that can put you at a higher risk of developing a respiratory infection at this time.
In a statement released by the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this month, older individuals and individuals with underlying illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and diabetes are at higher risk of contracting a respiratory infection during this time.
Meanwhile, various studies indicate that supplementing with vitamin D aids in reducing your risk of multiple sclerosis, heart diseases, depression, and bone and muscle pains. It would be ideal for everyone in your family to protect each other by taking vitamin D regularly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Your body naturally converts sunlight into vitamin D, which explains why it's sometimes called the "sunshine vitamin." But with the enhanced community quarantine in full swing, most of us may not be getting the amount of sun exposure that we need at the moment. That said, a diet that includes fatty fish like salmon or tuna and a multivitamin containing Vitamin D can help make up for it.
Stay safe, mommies!
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