Indoor life not good for Vitamin D levels, mind health


Soak in the sun to stay happy but make sure you do it safely

If you’ve been practicing extreme isolation in the last seven months and not even stepping out of your house for a walk, this article is for you. Isolation may keep you covid-free but doctors say that extreme isolation comes with its own downsides which could affect your physical and mental health.

“Although staying indoors will surely reduce your exposure to infective agents, outdoor activities have restorative properties on mental fatigue and attention span. A few minutes outdoors can increase your concentration and creative output. This is because outdoor environments require an alternate type of attention that allows our minds to destress and recoup from the constant indoor focus,” says Dr Suri Raju V, managing director and chief urologist of Regal Hospital

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Outdoor activity, he adds, is known to produce serotonin, the happy chemical, which is essential to keep people in good cheer. “Spending time in the sunshine appears to help increase serotonin levels, and research suggests that our skin may be able to synthesize serotonin.”

“Staying indoors and staying safe still holds true but staying indoors for too long may cause stress, anxiety, depression. But these can be overcome by doing Yoga, meditation, indoor exercises, skipping or aerobic workouts. Playing outdoor group sports activities like volley ball or football may increase immunity for routine viral infections, but it’s not advised for covid,” says Dr Aravind G, Consultant Internal Medicine, Dr. Malathi Manipal Hospital.

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Managing indoor life

There’s a myth that staying indoors will decrease your immunity. Dr Sagar Bhattad, Consultant – Paediatric Immunology & Rheumatology, Aster CMI Hospital said, “This is not true. As a matter of fact, many children have been healthy through the last few months and have not come down with viral fever.

This is unusual for school-going children. When schools resume, they might fall sick with regular viral fever but they will recover.” The only downside to being indoors for long may be a decrease in Vitamin D levels and not their immunity, believes Dr Jagadeesh P Kumar, Senior Consultant Pulmonologist Apollo Hospitals. “For these patients Vitamin D supplements, as advised by their doctors, can work well,” he adds.

Dr Bhattad also advises taking Vitamin D supplements on advice of a doctor for overall well-being and to resolve muscle cramps.



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