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7 Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency!

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Proper quantities of vitamin D in the body will offer adequate body function; if this is not the case then it will cause severe health issues. This is a fat-soluble vitamin which is strongly linked to the body’s calcium thereby stimulating proper and strong bones growth and development. Furthermore, Vitamin D boosts body resistance and reduces the chances for cancer occurrence. This vitamin is usually forgotten but it is as crucial as other vitamins, so that your body functions accordingly.

Vitamin D does not only assist in avoiding specific diseases, but it also reduces the symptoms of the ongoing diseases inside the body.
If the body lacks vitamin D, then breakable bones would be the first health issue that occurs. This particularly happens to youths, as the bones grow and form mainly during the first years in a person’s life.

There are also other concerns which will occur like vulnerable bones and skeletal defects, and an increased risk of fractures and injuries.
However, bones are not the only body part that suffers from vitamin D deficiency. Namely, a research study revealed that this vitamin is responsible for preventing high blood pressure and type 1 and 2 diabetes, and likewise multiple sclerosis (MS).
Therefore, we need rapidly to detect symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, so that we can stop the appearance of these diseases.

7 Most Obvious Signs of Vitamin D Shortage

  1. Increased Blood Pressure
    High blood pressure or otherwise known as hypertension very frequently occurs if there is a lack of vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D is accountable for controlling water retention and increased blood pressure due to peptide, a hormone that elevates blood pressure.

  2. Cardiovascular Problems
    Due to lack of vitamin D specific heart diseases can be provoked. Namely, when vitamin D levels are low in the body, then the calcium levels in the arteries are higher hence heart disorders appear, stated by many medical experts. Higher calcium levels will create clogs inside the arteries, which ultimately will result in a cardiac arrest or a stroke.
    Likewise, other health conditions may appear due to vitamin D shortage like: high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and weight issues.

  3. Breakdown of Immune System
    Due to vitamin D deficiency, the body immune system may start to breakdown since the immune cells feed upon this vitamin. Therefore, if the levels of vitamin D are low in the body, then this will cause serious immunity imbalance.
    A study, conducted in Japan and released in the American Journal of Clinical Nutritioninvolved a group of schoolchildren divided in two separate groups, the first one was taking vitamin D supplements and the second one did not take any.
    The results of this study showed that the first group was more resistant to flu strain influenza, contrary to the second one which did not show the same resistance, even became more prone to it. Also another study revealed that low levels of vitamin D were discovered in patients suffering from autoimmune diseases.

  4. Gut and Stomach Disorders
    People struggling with certain gastrointestinal disorders, such as inflammatory bowel illness, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and some other disorders, commonly lack vitamin D and require adequate supplement treatment.
    This same condition happens to people who struggle with excess body fat as the fat lowers the results and quantity of vitamin D in the body.

  5. Muscle Pain and Weakness
    Muscle pain can vary in intensity, starting from extremely low to unbearable pain. The more the vitamin D is deficient, the more the pain increases. Namely, vitamin D shortage indicates slower contraction and weaker muscle movement.

  6. Chronic Sweating
    Excess body sweating can suggest vitamin D loss. There isn’t a scientific explanation for this occurrence, but it is valid particularly if the sweating occurs in the forehead area.

  7. Mood Swings or Anxiety
    If you experience mood swings or anxiety then this a sign for raising vitamin D levels. As a matter of fact, vitamin D is very closely associated to the seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which is a condition incorporating feeling of sadness while weather modification.
    This condition can change the vitamin D3 levels, and because of that proper supplements are needed. One research study included people experiencing SAD, who were treated with vitamin D3. The obtained results were satisfactory,
    the modifications in their state of mind from sad to happy, from negative to positive were far from obvious, and the accompanied symptoms like lethargy, hypersomnia, food craving and sleep disruptions were completely gone.

How we can integrate more vitamin D into our body?

Given the fact how vitamin D deficiency can negatively affect are entire body system, we should strongly consider our nutrition and acquire the needed vitamin D quantities to our body so that we should not deal with the occurrence of various health issues.
Here below are the best items packed with vitamin D, which will supply you with the needed daily dosage of vitamin D provided if they are consumed on a regular basis. Take them regularly and keep your body safe and sound.

  1. Sunlight

  2. Orange Juice (Vitamin D fortified)

  3. Fortified Plant-Based Milks

 

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Cote d’Ivoire: Destroying the Killer Rice

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Authorities in Cote d’Ivoire have destroyed 18,000 tonnes of rice declared to be unfit for human consumption.

This follows tests carried out by the country’s consumer association which had demanded the government to do so after the cargo from Myanmar had been refused entry in Togo, Guinea and Ghana over quality issues.

The national and international quality control tests revealed the unfit nature of the rice.

It should be noted that most African countries depend on imports because local farmers are unable to meet the ever rising demands.

Source: Africanews

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Mali: Donkeys deliver vaccines as diseases spike with violence

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With spiraling ethnic violence exposing more children in Mali to fatal diseases, health workers are using donkeys and boats to deliver life-saving vaccines, charities said on Wednesday.

In the central Mopti region – where 157 people died in one attack last month – suspected measles cases rose five-fold in one year to 98 in 2018, U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said, due to a four-fold jump in unvaccinated children to 70,000.

Motorcycles, which health workers used to reach remote villages, have been banned to reduce militant activity, forcing them to use traditional means like horses, it said.

“The problem of vaccination is directly linked to the current conflict,” said Patrick Irenge, medical coordinator for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which is using cars and boats as mobile clinics to reach cut off communities.

“If there is a lull in the violence, a small window that opens, we organize a vaccination campaign.”

Last month’s massacre was the deadliest to date in a conflict between Dogon hunters and Fulani herders which has displaced tens of thousands of civilians in the West African country since it escalated last year.

Pneumonia is one of the top killers of children in Mali and it can be prevented with vaccines – as can measles – but it is too dangerous for many parents to venture out with children.

“Transport is difficult because we don’t have the means to rent a vehicle or a horse cart,” said Aissata Barry, a 34-year-old mother in the village of Kankelena, about 4 km (2.5 miles) from the nearest health center in the town of Sofara.

“There are rapists on the road. That’s what we’re afraid of,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone, adding that one of her neighbors was raped two weeks ago.

Mamadou Kasse, a local health worker who vaccinated Barry’s children, said the number of children he can reach each day has fallen since he swapped his motorbike for an eight-hour ride in a donkey cart with a cooler full of vaccines.

Reporting by Nellie Peyton; Editing by Katy Migiro. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit news.trust.org

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