You’ve got to face the facts. Being in tech and working largely indoors, you just might be sustaining a Vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D deficiency effects more than 91 percent of indoor workers, according to a study done by BMC Public Health, and more than three million cases each year. Why is vitamin D so important? Take a look at the reasons below:
- Promotes bone growth. (No creaky joints over here!)
- Mental clarity
- Heart healthy
- Reduces risk of cancer
With those great benefits, how could you not want some vitamin D all up in ya? You need to know the signs of what having a lack of vitamin D can do to your body. The truth is, a lot of people don’t even know they need more of the sweet, sweet vitamin.
- Your bones hurt! Okay, you’re an adult, so it’s extremely unlikely that you’re going through growth spurts, however, your bone tissue is constantly in regeneration. Without vitamin D, the regeneration takes a lot longer to complete, and this can lead to osteoporosis and rickets. Siting down at a desk for hours at a time will likely to increase this issue.
- Feelings of depression. Not to ruffle any feathers here, but people who work in tech have a reputation for being a bit… surly. Vitamin D, which we can receive naturally from sunlight, can give us happy feelings we need to thrive.
- Lingering infections. According to Healthy Way, vitamin D is responsible for having “an effect of 2,000 genes in the human body. When you are lacking the vitamin, it makes it that much harder to fight colds and other germs, leaving you wide open to not get over your illnesses.
Now that you know what the symptoms are, how can you bring more vitamin D into your life?
- We mentioned it briefly above, but, please, go get some sun! It’s the most natural form of vitamin D that you can get. Take a break, go for a walk, and let the sun of the light hit your skin.
- Eat some fish! According to Health, trout, tuna, salmon, and mackerel contain a whopping 450 international units (IUs) of vitamin D. (Adults under 50 are recommended at least 200 IUs of vitamin D per day; adults 50 and older are recommended at least 400 IUs.)
- Take supplements. It’s simple. Pop a pill every day to get your dose.
- Get into cod liver oil. Mom knew a thing or two when she tried to get you to take this oil growing up. Cod liver oil packs a powerful punch of 1,300 IUs of vitamin D, which is more than enough to get your daily dose it. And now it’s not gross! Cod liver oil comes in different flavors or you can just take it in capsule form.
- Get a SAD lamp. SAD, or seasonal affect disorder, is very common during the winter months because the daylight is shorter. So what do you do when you can’t get out in the sun? Buy a SAD lamp, which is a form of light therapy, that will get you similar power and benefits to sitting out in the sun.