As self-isolation extends for people in communities throughout the state, challenges to maintain good health may seem more difficult. Staying home for long periods of time forces us to adjust how we work, relax, and exercise. Not only must we take care of our mental health, but we cannot overlook measures to prevent illness and injury, especially where our joints and bones are concerned.
When conditions keep you from your favorite outdoor activities, there comes the risk of Vitamin D deficiency. D, while labeled as a “vitamin”, is actually a hormone that benefits the body’s immune system, insulin levels, and bone health. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and helps to keep bones from becoming brittle and susceptible to fracture.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that male and female teenagers and adults take 600 IUs of Vitamin D daily. Seniors over the age of 70 should get 800 IUs a day. Supplements and foods fortified with D are helpful when you have limited options, but even during home confinement there are ways to get your daily dose naturally.
- A minimum of ten minutes is all that’s needed, in many adults, for the body to produce Vitamin D. Schedule time during midday to get some sun while in your backyard or on your balcony. A short walk around your neighborhood, while keeping good social distance, adds the benefit of exercise.
- Vitamin D occurs naturally in specific foods: tuna, salmon, egg yolks and some dairy products. Look for these when placing a grocery delivery order. If you must opt for foods fortified with D, be sure to watch for additives like sugar.
Taking precautions to protect your bone health can help with exercise and boosted mental well-being and immunity. If you have questions about dealing with joint health, arthritis, and similar conditions, contact Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists today.