Where do we get Vitamin D from?
- Sunshine - We get 80% of our vitamin D from the sun on our skin, which is fine in the summer months but now we are faced with cloudy days and lack of sunshine. Exposing the skin on face and arms to 30 minutes of sunshine daily (without sun cream) produces enough vitamin D, (less time for fairer skin). Take advantage of any sunshine you see during the day and take a short walk.
- SAD Lamps/happy lamps - There are other ways to boost up your Vitamin D levels such as using a SAD lamp in your office or bedroom for at least half an hour a day. Check with your GP before to see if this would be necessary before you go out and buy one.
- Food - You could also munch away on Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna, Mushrooms and eggs as they have of Vitamin D in to help raise your intake
- Supplements - You can buy vitamin D3 supplements in your local drug store and most multi vitamin tablets contain Vitamin D3 , just make sure to check.
What does Vitamin D do for our bodies?
- Helps to absorb calcium into our system
- Healthy bones
- Helps to repair and build body tissue
- Gives you energy and boost your mood
- Helps to fight against colds/flu
Recommended daily intake is between 10-15mcg (400-600 international units)
- Muscular weakness
- Fatigue/ easy tiring
- frequent infections
If you think you are suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency contact your GP and ask to have a blood test to check your Vitamin D levels. A deficiency is a serious condition and if you notice any of the symptoms listed above please seek professional help, but also it is possible to have too much Vitamin D and it can also make you ill, so make sure to check with your doctor if you are concerned.
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