Vitamin D – The sunshine vitamin
The sun is our best source of vitamin D.
Vitamin D can be synthesised by our body when it’s exposed to sunlight.
There are many positive health benefits to Vitamin D but unfortunately it is estimated that one billion people are deficient – partly due to the use of sunscreen and less time spent outdoors.
The benefits of Vitamin D are healthy bones and teeth, supporting out immune system, brain and nervous system. Our body also requires Vitamin D to absorb calcium.
Adults and children (age 1 – 70) need 600iu (15mcg). Age 70 upwards require 800iu (20mcg).
To increase your levels of vitamin D follow the following tips:
A small amount of time spent in the sun without sunscreen can be really beneficial and increase your amount of Vitamin D. As little as 10 to 15 minutes a day is enough to improve your levels. The sun’s UVB rays that produce Vitamin D cannot penetrate glass, by the way.
Eat fatty fish such as mackerel, tuna and salmon, cheese and egg yolks. Also food fortified with Vitamin D including dairy products, orange juice, soya milk and cereals.
Vitamin D3 (my preferred is VitaBiotics Ultra Vitamin D 1000iu).
Oral Vitamin D spray (BetterYou Dlux 1000 Vitamin D).
Also a good source of Vitamin D is Cod-liver oil.