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Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because it is actually manufactured in the skin when it makes contact with sunlight. However as we move into colder and darker months Vitamin D can become a big topic (and rightly so!), but do you know why and how to get in the right amount of Vitamin D?
Vitamin D has an important role alongside calcium to keep our bones and muscles healthy. When we don’t have enough Vitamin D its harder for our bodies to absorb calcium which long term can affect the health of our bones & muscles. Vitamin D also has a role of reducing inflammation, supporting cell growth and promoting immune function.
Between October to early March, when there is less sunlight in the UK it is advised that we take Vitamin D. This is due to the fact that without the sunlight our bodies are unable to naturally produce Vitamin D as they do in the summer months.
It is recommended that we should take 10 μg/400 IU per day between these months.
Oily fish – such as salmon, mackerel, sardines & herring
Mushrooms (in a lower amount)
1️⃣We need vitamin D for the health of our bones & muscles
2️⃣Still aim to get outside as much as possible to get some natural vitamin D and also for support of Serotonin production (happy hormone!).
3️⃣It is recommended to supplement with 400IU of vitamin D between October-March