Health Matters

Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

Guest: Dr. Bhavna Lall

Why is Vitamin D so important and how can you make sure you get enough? Dr. Bhavna Lall, an internal medicine physician and faculty in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine explained.

“Vitamin D is important for our muscles, nerves and bones, and can also strengthen our immunity. Our bodies get Vitamin D from exposure to the sun and from the food and drink we consume.”

“Certain diseases can lower Vitamin D levels, as can darker skin. Vitamin D deficiency can also worsen during the winter. A recent study showed people with low Vitamin D levels could be at higher risk of COVID19, with research studies ongoing.”

“Here are 3 tips to keep your Vitamin D level up:

  • Spend 15-30 minutes a day, or at least twice a week, in the sun.
  • Consume more Vitamin D fortified foods.
  • Lastly, you can take an over-the-counter Vitamin D supplement. Do not take more than 2000-4000 International Units of Vitamin D daily unless you speak with your doctor.”

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