Sankranthi is the best time to get sun exposure and boost your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D deficiency is fast becoming a national health concern. It’s estimated that over 80 percent of people in India are deficient in Vitamin D. However, the bigger concern is that many people are not even aware of Vitamin D deficiency and its consequences.
Research shows that low levels of vitamin D is associated with impaired calcium absorption, osteoporosis, diabetes, immunity, asthma, TB, high blood pressure, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes mellitus, infectious diseases, tuberculosis, psoriasis, schizophrenia, depression, etc.
The purpose of this article is not to scare you, but to provide you with some practical tips on how to use natural sun exposure this Sankranthi to boost your vitamin D levels. Coming back to the topic, during Sankranthi days one can find people from professionals and students to housewives involved and enjoying kite flying on rooftops. Many people start flying kites a week ahead of the festival and will continue flying them even after the festival is over.
Sun exposure before 10am is the most effective in producing vitamin D and during this time most people spend their time flying kites. This is the time you can take maximum vitamin D. If you are in sun between 10am to 3pm cover your body with sunscreen, scarf or hat, to avoid damage to the skin.
It is also learnt that the main reason for increasing cases of vitamin D deficiency is the changing lifestyle, working for long hours indoors during the day light, not having a balanced diet and hardly spending any time out in the sun. Sun exposure of at least half an hour a day is recommended to achieve healthy vitamin D levels throughout the year.
So folks, Sankranthi is the right time to spend your time out in the sun and get most of vitamin D while enjoying kite flying.
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