Canada and our Winter Sunshine Vitamin D

Canadians don’t get a lot of sunshine in the winter months. Most wake up while it’s still dark out, and come back home when the sun goes down. The result of the shorter days is less natural vitamin D, according to a Toronto-based registered dietitian. Less vitamin D can have adverse effects on health. Health Canada explains that the nutrient helps bodies break down and use calcium and phosphorous, which maintains stronger bones and teeth. Too little vitamin D can cause calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood to decrease, leading to calcium being pulled out of the bones to help maintain stable blood levels making falls dangerous. On the other side of the coin too much of the vitamin can lead to calcium deposits, in blood vessels and kidney problems. According to Health Canada, the recommended daily allowance for vitamin D differs based on age. Children older than one year of age and adults up to 70 years of age should have 15 mcg. Adults that are 70 or older should have 20 mcg. Foods that naturally contain the nutrient are fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna or sardines, cheese, fortified milk and egg yolks. Always check with your physician……Ed

Source: Maham Abedi / Photo:Healthline

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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