Getting Your Vitamin D during Quarantine

By: FAYLYNN VIDRIO

Getting your daily dose of vitamin D before Covid-19 hit us wasn’t too difficult, since many were constantly in the sun, going to school, work, and hangouts. However, since the world wide pandemic has gotten in the way, we must find new and efficient ways to keep our bodies healthy.

Vitamin D supports our body by keeping our teeth, bones, and muscles strong. Suffering from vitamin D deficiency could lead to a bone deformity illness called rickets in children, and a similar bone weakness condition called osteomalacia in adults. This vitamin is also known for fighting off illnesses, though due to quarantine, many of us have been stuck in our homes not receiving direct sun contact for as much time as we should be.

Having sun touch your skin isn’t the only way to receive your daily dose of vitamin D. Many have resorted to talking supplements, and you could say that they’re the golden rays of the sun in a pill. In England, more than 2.5 million people were offered free vitamin D supplements. Scottish and Welsh governments and Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency issued similar advice during lockdown.

Although vitamin D is healthy for you, make no mistake on taking too many supplements. Taking more than the recommended amount can be very dangerous to your body in the long run. 

  • Children from the ages 1 through 10 shouldn’t have more than 50 milligrams a day
  • Infants shouldn’t have more than 12 milligrams a day 
  • Adults shouldn’t have more than 100 milligrams a day

Anyone can buy vitamin D supplements at their local supermarkets or from chemists. The ingredient listed on the label of most Vitamin D supplements is D3, the one made by your skin. Vitamin D2 is produced by plants. Vitamin drops are also available for babies. While adapting to our new surroundings such as staying home a lot more than before, we must find new ways to keep our bodies as healthy as they can be.

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