As you have probably read in the news over the past couple of years, vitamin D deficiency is something of a worldwide problem. Indeed, a study from Cambridge University (http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/one-in-ten-people-over-forty-years-old-in-britain-are-vitamin-d-deficient) suggests that 10% of Brits over 40 have a vitamin D deficiency.
There are two ways by which we can get Vitamin D: through our diet and from sunlight. Vitamin D is available in a small selection of foods such as oily fish, red meat and eggs. From April to September we should get all the vitamin D we need from sunlight but during the winter it is harder for our bodies to get vitamin D this way. In addition, modern eating habits often mean that we often don’t get enough vitamin D from our diet to compensate.
Vitamin D helps the body to absorb important minerals calcium and phosphate which are essential for maintaining health teeth, bones and muscles. If we do not get enough vitamin D, bones can become weaker, tender and even deformed.
The Department of Health in the UK has recommended that everyone over 5 should consider taking a vitamin D supplement during the winter months. Unfortunately, some of us are more likely than others to experience a vitamin D deficiency. Vulnerable groups include:
- Young children (1 – 4 years)
- People that don’t go outdoors much such as those who are housebound.
One great way to do this is with Sunshine Bottled by ZENii which packs a high dose of premium vitamin D. Alternatively, if you or your family aren’t a fan of tablets we also have vitamin D in a liquid by Solgar.