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The coronavirus lockdown has created a buzz around the serious health repercussions of staying indoors, with a strong emphasis on the deficiency of vitamin D. With our primary source of the vitamin as sunlight, it has become more difficult than ever to get our daily dose of this vital prohormone.
Here are a few expert-recommended ways to get the most of the sunshine vitamin, while staying indoors during the lockdown:
Vitamin D During the Lockdown
Pop a Pill
You might think you are eating enough food fortified with vitamin D, but honestly, you aren’t. Matching the daily requirement can be tough. Multivitamin supplements cover this for you. So while you are munching on a whole bowl of cereal for breakfast and salmon for dinner, don’t forget to pop a pill at night to meet your daily mark.
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Step Out, But Not Exactly
Experts say that it is important to spend at least 30 to 60 minutes on the balcony or terrace if you can’t step outside the house. Do this when the sun is at its prime, between 11 am to 2 pm. Oh, and don’t slather sunscreen on your skin when you’re out as that can interfere with the production of vitamin D.
Limit the Hooch
There is enough evidence to prove that too much smoking and drinking can affect vitamin D metabolism and calcium absorption in the body. So, even if the good old vodka martini looks too good to resist, remember it is having a significant bearing on your vitamin D metabolism.
Mind Your Food
Going back to the basics, add foods rich in vitamin D to your diet. This includes dairy like milk, cheese and eggs, mushroom, and fatty fish like salmon. Vegetables like spinach, kale, and okra are also great sources.