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How to meet need for vitamin D in quarantine

How to meet need for vitamin D in quarantine

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21 July 2020, 15:01 121
We can solve the problem by walking in the sun for 20 minutes 
 
Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins in our body. Vitamin D is called "Sun vitamin" because it is obtained not from food as other vitamins, but from sunlight. Vitamin D from the sun strengthens our immunity against some diseases in the coming autumn and winter months. However, due to the coronavirus, our country is under a strict quarantine regime. We need to self-isolate for a while because we are being to see the positive results of quarantine in the fight against the virus. At the same time, we must also benefit from the sun vitamin to strengthen our immunity in the coming winter months. What can be done in the new realities to overcome this problem?
"Coronavirus complications and deaths are higher in countries with high levels of vitamin D deficiency," Turana Rasulova, a doctor at the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care at Hacettepe University Hospital, told the "Kaspi” newspaper. According to the doctor, vitamin D is also important in protecting against coronavirus. "The sun is the biggest resource for vitamin D in the summer months. Spending half an hour and 45 minutes under the sun's ultraviolet rays causes the skin to synthesize enough vitamin D. In our region, between 11 and 3 o'clock is the time when the sun's rays are most effective. At the same time, it is enough for the hands, arms, face and below the knees to be exposed to the sun, and to be in contact with the sun's ultraviolet rays. Milk and dairy products, fish, mushrooms, fish oil, oats, and egg yolks also contain vitamin D. But the amount of vitamin D in food is usually low. No matter how much food you take in, it is not enough to be synthesized in the body. Therefore, spending time in the sun is very important, especially for infants, as well as those over 50 years of age,” she said. 
The doctor noted that the daily requirement of vitamin D in people over 50 is twice as high as in other ages. "Before coronavirus, vitamin D deficiency was very common in Azerbaijan. Vitamin D deficiency increases the body's susceptibility to many diseases and reduces its resistance. As I mentioned, this situation is the same in the fight against coronavirus. People with low vitamin D carry the virus severely. Therefore, I recommend walking in the open air in the permitted 3 hours during quarantine when the sun is active. Of course, the time of sun exposure depends on skin type. It is also dangerous to burn the skin with ultraviolet rays. Therefore, if people with light skin spend 15-20 minutes, and those with dark skin spend 30-45 minutes outdoors, then vitamin D is synthesized. The best resource for this is solar energy,” she added. 
Tutu Zeynalova, a nutritionist, said that the idea that we can't meet our need for vitamin D because we are at home in quarantine is wrong. "There is this notion that we can't sunbathe while we're at home in quarantine and we will lack vitamin D. There is a way out of this situation. For 10 years now, as a doctor who looks at the value of vitamin D in the blood of each of my patients, I can say that we have had vitamin D deficiency even before we were isolated in our homes. We have always had this problem. Sometimes even people who have just returned from vacation are surprised at having vitamin D deficiency. There are reasons for this. Because we do not sunbathe at the right time, and immediately after sunbathing we run to take a shower, thus preventing the synthesis of vitamin D in our bodies. Today you have permission to go out for 3 hours. You can sunbathe in your yard. 20 minutes is enough. In addition, sunscreen inhibits the synthesis of vitamin D. The cause of vitamin D deficiency is not quarantine. We meet the need for vitamin D with foods such as eggs, salmon, tuna, mushrooms, oats, oranges. But this is very little. Walking in the sun for 20 minutes on a 3-hour permit can meet our vitamin needs,” Zeynalova said. 
The nutritionist stressed that many of us are unaware of our vitamin D deficiency. "The latest scientific study in Indonesia today showed that people with vitamin D deficiency are 19 times more likely to die from coronavirus. Studies show that in people with normal amount of vitamin D are 70 percent less to have coronavirus complications. These are very serious figures. Therefore, vitamin D is very important. Many of us today are unaware of our vitamin D deficiency. If you have complaints such as forgetfulness, hair loss, joint pain, weakness, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, definitely look at your vitamin D values,” she added.
 
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