It is commonly known that a vitamin D deficiency can lead to poor health, but did you know it can also increase your risk of dying from COVID-19? Research shows COVID-19 patients with a vitamin D level of 30 ng/ml or below were 7x more likely to die than patients with higher levels. The risk of death for patients with a vitamin D level of 20 ng/ml was 12x higher. Overlooking these statistics seems irresponsible, when increasing your vitamin D intake is safe and affordable.
Why Is Vitamin D So Important?
The most important role of vitamin D in the body is to facilitate the absorption of calcium from the intestines to keep bones strong and healthy. The ability to maintain healthy vitamin D levels can also be related to another nutrient deficiency, such as magnesium, which is needed to help convert vitamin D in the body. Besides causing bone disorders, a vitamin D deficiency can also lead to chronic pain, muscle weakness, hair loss, fatigue and depression. Vitamin D has been linked to a reduction of viral infections, including colds, bronchitis and pneumonia. Now, vitamin D is proving helpful with reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19 and increasing the success of treatment. It is important to note how nutrient deficiencies negatively impact your overall health in order to make a conscious effort to avoid chronic health issues.
How Can You Boost Your Vitamin D Levels?
The short answer is sun, supplements and diet. The sun is a natural source of vitamin D. The skin produces vitamin D3 when exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB). Spending 10 to 30 minutes in the sun per day, a few days a week, is often enough to maintain healthy levels. Government health agencies recommend incorporating a vitamin D supplement into your diet when you’re unable to get enough sunlight, but adding mushrooms and vitamin D fortified foods and juices to your diet can also help boost your levels. Taking 10,000 IU/d of vitamin D3, followed by 5000 IU/d thereafter to reduce the risk of infection of COVID-19 is advised. Higher levels of vitamin D3 are recommended during treatment.