Vitamin D Deficiency is a problem that many people face. As our bodies make most of our Vitamin D from exposure to the sun, our winter habits may put us at risk.
- What is Vitamin D?
- What is a Vitamin D deficiency?
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is key for the maintenance of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. It helps absorb calcium playing a vital role in forming and maintaining strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D can also play an integral part in combating depression.
Vitamin D is sometimes called the “The Sunshine Vitamin”. This is because your body can create its own Vitamin D from sunlight. The vitamin can also be found naturally in foods such as oily fish, red meat, liver, and egg yolks. While we can all naturally achieve the required vitamin D levels from our diet and the sun during spring and summer, most of us fail to do so during autumn and winter.
Lack of vitamin D can lead to a persistent feeling of tiredness, fatigue, or weakness during darker winter months.
What is a Vitamin D Deficiency
Many of us may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and not even realise. SAD is a type of seasonal depression that is heavily associated with lack of sunlight during Autumn and Winter. The symptoms of SAD include feeling depressed, irritability, persistent low mood, and finding it harder to get up in the mornings.
SAD is often linked to the reduced sunlight that you will experience over the long autumn and winter nights. The lack of vitamin D in your body can often lead to this disorder. Including vitamin D into your daily diet is imperative to feeling better and healthier.
Public Health England advises people to take daily Vitamin D supplements during autumn and winter as sunlight hours, the biggest natural source of the vitamin are dramatically reduced. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms noted above, it is important that you monitor and track your vitamin levels over an extended period of time, allowing you to tweak your diet to include vitamin D rich foods and take the necessary supplements.
Our Basic Vitamin test will help you monitor your Vitamin D, Serum Folate, and Vitamin B12 levels from the comfort of home. If there is an issue, our medical team are on hand and will advise you on what tweaks you can make to your diet.
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