17 Dec Let’s take care of the Vitamin D of our older adults this winter
As we know, vitamins are present in numerous foods and it is essential for all people in addition to minerals to ensure the good absorption of nutrients and the proper functioning of the organs in general. But, obtaining some vitamins is not so easy, this is the case of Vitamin D.
The sun is the greatest source of Vitamin D, so far, it seems like an easy task to obtain it, but how to obtain it in the winter season? The absence of sun will bring a decrease.
Vitamin D is essential for the health of the elderly, as it helps a better absorption of calcium to enrich the bones, it also stimulates cell growth and facilitates the absorption of insulin.
Being fat-soluble, it dissolves and stores in the liver and fatty tissues, by nourishing the elderly well and providing them with minimal sun exposure for 20 minutes a day, it will have very good reserves of vitamin D.
Due to the large number of functions, it performs, this vitamin is needed in large quantities. For this reason, it is frequent that the reserves are exhausted and that is the main reason why it should be taken daily. For this reason, it is essential to eat a varied diet to avoid this deficiency, although even with this, it may not be adequately assimilated.
It is also recommended to add supplements to the daily diet. Fortified cereals, spirulina, and algae make up the list of foods indicated for vitamin D.
If we provide the elderly with a varied and balanced diet in addition to outdoor activities, they will easily obtain their vitamins and minerals. In any case, experts recommend that the first step we take is to go to the doctor to measure our vitamin D levels and consider, if necessary, the possibility of adding supplements to the diet.
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