Practitioners

No more Vitamin D until 2023

It has been a sunny start to autumn here in the UK (minus the 24-hour storm). However, no matter how sunny it is, the chance to get the sunshine nutrient – Vitamin D – from the sun has passed until next year. Find out what you should do to keep topped up with Vitamin D.

 

The winter sun isn’t strong enough

I love the winter sun. Wrapped up warm, hat and scarf and a pair of sunglasses. Not much beats it for me – how about you?

As lovely as it is, the winter sun doesn’t provide us with the vitamin D we need to keep our levels topped up until the warmer weather returns. The reason is, it’s not strong enough and it isn’t high enough in the sky.

 

Have you heard about the shadow trick?

If your shadow is taller than you, then the sun is too low to give us it’s sunshine nutrient. The sun needs to hit our skin at a certain angle and with a certain strength to enable us to synthesise (aka create) vitamin D.

 

Equally, the skin on our face doesn’t synthesise vitamin D very well but the rays can be damaging to the delicate skin around our eyes, nose and mouth. Wearing SPF on your face all year round is a good idea to keep young, healthy-looking skin.

Vitamin D shadow

 

Food doesn’t quite cut the mustard

As a nutritionist, I love to get nutrients from food first. However, when it comes to this nutrient, this isn’t possible as there are very few foods that contain Vitamin D.

 

Oily fish, egg yolks, liver (D3) and some types of mushrooms (D2) as well as fortified foods are the main food sources we have. Yet, they don’t contain enough vitamin D for us to maintain adequate levels without help from the summer sunshine – especially if you are avoiding animal products.

 

What is the role of vitamin D – why do we need it?

It’s probably easier to ask what vitamin D doesn’t do, rather than what it does do. Once upon a time it used to just be thought of as a nutrient needed for bones and muscles but it’s since been uncovered as the nutrient that supports most systems of the body. 

Vitamin D supports the:

 

Research has also shown promising benefits for people with cancer.

 

How much can we safely supplement?

The question is, how much do you currently need? 

Vitamin D is a vital nutrient. We need enough to ensure our body can be well supported (as you’ve seen above, it’s used a lot). But that doesn’t mean we should supplement with lots of it and tick that box. 

 

Like all nutrients in the body, there is a balance between having enough and not having too much. If you over-supplement, you can reach toxic levels which is dangerous. 

Equally, you can supplement with a poor form and without the correct nutrients to support it doing all those vital jobs so you don’t get the full benefit.

 

We can find out how much you need by testing with a quick, cost-effective finger-prick test and you don’t even have to leave your home.

 

Our new Vitamin D Check service gives you exactly that. 
 

Get an NHS-approved, finger-prick home test kit for you to complete and send to the lab for your results, personalised Vitamin D supplement dose alongside a recommended supplement brand, form, and any cofactor nutrients required, plus a 10% discount to help you purchase what you need.

 

You’ll also complete a short health history which will be reviewed by a Registered Nutritional Therapist alongside your vitamin D test results to ensure the recommendation is appropriate and safe against your current medication, supplements, and health.

Are you ready to get confident with Vitamin D supplements and your health this winter?

Get a test kit and get started today!