The sunshine Vitamin D – are you getting enough?

The sunshine Vitamin D – Are you getting enough? 

Vitamin D is produced naturally in response to sun exposure and from eating vitamin D rich foods.  Inn the winter months our levels naturally drop and many of us become deficient.

Did you know? Despite its name it is actually a hormone!  

Benefits of Vitamin D:

  • Healthy bones and teeth
  • Fights the flu
  • Reduces Depression 
  • Boosts weight loss
  • supports our Immune system 
  • Regulates insulin and helps prevent diabetes

Are you suffering any symptoms of  Vitamin D deficiency? 

  • regular sickness or infection
  • tiredness, aches, fatigue
  • back pain or bone pains
  • low mood
  • impaired wound healing
  • hair loss
  • muscle pain

Apart from sunshine what other sources of vitamin D are there?

Getting sufficient sunlight is the best way to help the body produce vitamin D. Plentiful food sources include:

  • fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna, shrimp
  • egg yolks
  • cheese
  • beef liver
  • mushrooms
  • fortified milk and yogurt
  • fortified cereals and juices

Can I supplement and how much do I take? 

Yes – good idea! Especially if you live in big cities with pollution, are spending more  time indoors and have darker skin. (the higher levels of melanin the les vitamin D is absorbed)

Normal blood serum levels are 50 to 100 mcg.  Recommended iu

  • children and teens: 600 IU
  • adults up to age 70: 600 IU
  • adults over age 70: 800 IU
  • pregnant or breastfeeding women: 600 IU

PHE recommends supplementation of vitamin D, especially in the winter months.  If you don’t already supplement with vitamin D it may be worth considering.  

We recommend  an oral spray called Better You D Lux 1000 vitamin D daily.  One spray a day keeps the doctor away! 

Talk to us for more recommendations or if you think you are deficient and how to get tested. 

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