Top causes of vitamin D deficiency

 

Top causes of vitamin D deficiency

 

 

Vitamin D is very important for the upkeep of bone and overall health.

 

Lack of vitamin D in the body can make you a host for various chronic disease and infections. Registered Dietitian and health blogger, Akansha Jhalani, provides you with detailed information about the causes of vitamin D deficiency, so that you can avoid them for a good health.

 

Vitamin D deficiency can occur due to a number of reasons

 

1. If you do not consume the recommended allowance of vitamin D

This can happen if you follow a strict vegetarian diet as the sources of vitamin D are of animal-origin like fish, fish oils, beef liver, fortified milk, cheese and egg yolk.

 

2. If you do not get enough sun exposure

The skin generates vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. You may not receive enough exposure if you work indoors most of the time, wear long clothes that prevent sun contact or have a dark skin tone.

 

3. Your kidneys cannot convert vitamin D to its active form

As we age, our kidneys become less efficient at converting vitamin D to its active form and thus increasing the chances of a deficiency.

 

4. Low rate of absorption

Digestive disorders like celiac disease or chrons disease can reduce the rate of absorption of vitamin D in the stomach.

 

Source Times Of India

Health benefits of Banana

Rich in nutrients including vitamins A, B, C and E along with minerals like potassium, zinc, iron, etc, banana is a strong source of energy. Here are some other health benefits of this versatile fruit.

 

 

Controls blood pressure:

According to research, the potassium in this fruit keeps the blood pressure levels in check and it can also help decrease its levels.

 

Improves brain power:

A good source of vitamin B, banana helps perk up nerve function and boosts learning abilities.

 

Decreases the risk of stroke:

According to studies, regular consumption of a banana helps reduce the occurrence of stroke. Rich in antioxidants and dietary fibre, consumption of bananas is also said to reduce the risk of cancer.

 

Maintains bones:

Probiotic bacteria present in bananas is known to absorb calcium in the body. Hence, it helps in building better bones.

 

Enhances digestion:

The priobotics in banana help produce enzymes that enable absorption of nutrients, thus enhancing the digestive ability and preventing unfriendly bacteria from harming the body. Astringent in nature, raw bananas are effective in treatment for diarrhoea.

 

Relieves constipation:

Pectin found in bananas helps to alleviate constipation and improves bowel function.


Source :Times Of India.

Health alert! Your child shouldn't be consuming these drinks

 

 

 

Are you letting your child have these?

 

Parents often get concerned about healthy food options for their children. Despite being so cautious about what their kids eat, they put their best efforts to waste by letting their kids have drinks that are not healthy for consumption.

 

Some of these can even lead to health hazards. Here are some drinks that you should remove from your child’s diet:

 

Soda:

Sodas and carbonated drinks are an obvious option, but we do not seem to skip them when going to movie halls or to celebrations. Constant consumption of soda and carbonated drinks lead to obesity, diabetes and aggressive behaviour in kids. It's important for parents to realise that soda and carbonated drinks are empty calories and have no nutrition to offer. In fact they can be really bad for their dental health and overall immunity.

 

Sports drinks:

Even though sports drinks have electrolytes (and calories), many experts believe that liquids like lemonade do the trick much better. Packaged drinks contain unknown substances that may harm your child in the long run.

 

Canned juices:

Canned juices are usually loaded with sugar. Studies have shown that canned juices do not have the nutritive value of a fresh fruit. These canned juices fill their stomach with sugar. Hence, the child’s appetite goes for a toss.

 

Raw milk:

Even though our ancestors have grown up drinking raw milk, giving it to your child is not the healthiest option. Experts believe that as a child’s immunity is not as developed as an adult, they are prone to food-borne illnesses. Since, raw milk is not pasteurized, giving it to your child should be off the list.

 

Milk supplements:

According to American Academy of Pediatrics, proteins should make up 15 to 20 per cent of your child’s daily calories. Feeding them extra protein with certain milk supplements may harm them as many paediatrics believe that these supplements are full of sugar. Protein milk supplements may come in enticing flavours to attract your child, but they are not the best option for your child.

 

Healthy alternatives:

Since children bound to get bored with a tall glass of milk, some healthy alternatives to the above mentioned drinks can be : Nimbu paani, buttermilk, aam panna, jaljeera, mango lassi, aamras, fresh strawberry milkshake and coconut water.

 

Content Source Credit: Times of India

 

 

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