This weeks #healthtiptuesday
Best absorbed from sunlight directly onto the skin, Vitamin D is key to help keep muscles, bones and teeth healthy. And also helps regulate calcium and phosphate levels in the body.
Here in the UK most people can absorb enough Vitamin D in the summer months (April-September) to stay healthy from the sun, but in the winter months even when the sun is out we can’t absorb much Vitamin D as the sun is too low in the sky. The best way to combat this in the winter months is to take a Vitamin D supplement, and not one that’s bundled in with other Vitamins such as generic multi-vitamin tablets. Ideally look for a supplement which contains 10mcg for both children and adults, which should be taken daily. Important not to overdose, especially for children, no more than 50mcg is the recommended daily maximum, and double that for adults to avoid adverse affects.
It is possible to get Vitamin D in certain foods, such as oily fish, red meat, egg yolks, liver, and some breakfast cereals (but the sugar quantities outweigh the vitamin d benefit in these - I’ll cover this in a future post), although it is a small quantity found in these foods.
So, my best advice is to take a single Vitamin D supplement through the winter months, and let the sunlight do its job in the summer months. ✌🏻
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