Let the sun shine!

Hurray!  According to the weather forecasters there is light at the end of the tunnel – apparently we are in for a period of more settled, and hopefully sunnier, weather.

Sunshine and blue skies are not just good for lifting our spirits but we need the sun to make Vitamin D, essential for healthy bones and teeth.  Currently research is being undertaken to look into its  potential benefits for many other health conditions.

Unfortunately for us, this summer has been notable for the lack of sunshine leading to the possibility that many of us will be deficient in this vitamin.

Some Vitamin D can be found in foods and dietary sources include:

  • eggs
  • oily fish, such as salmon and sardines
  • fortified fat spreads
  • fortified breakfast cereals
  • powdered milk
  • cod liver oil

 

However, many people probably do not eat enough of these foods to get an adequate amount of the vitamin.

I came across this very interesting article in the Daily Mail online that explains the importance of this vitamin and how to make sure you are getting enough:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2120719/Staying-sun-wreck-health.html

If you are concerned about your Vitamin D levels see your GP who can carry out a blood test and may advise you to take supplements to help boost your levels if your levels are low.

In the meantime, if the weather forecasters are right, take my advice and ‘make Vitamin D while the sun shines!’

If you would like more information about vitamins or any dietary advice, do get in touch with Pippa Mitchell, Nutritional Therapist at Luck’s Yard Clinic, on 01483 527945.

2012-07-18T11:04:17+00:00