Bring me fun bring me sunshine, bring me love, and a dose of vitamin D too please.
There is new advice for how much Vitamin D adults in the UK should be taking each day. Although it has been accepted that the main source of this vitamin comes from the sun, it is now thought that in the northern hemisphere, it is insufficient in the winter months for most people.
We also use more sunscreen and rightly so, as skin cancer, particularly melanoma, is on the increase.
But we still need to get a daily dose of this important vitamin. It is needed to help us use the calcium we eat, which is really important for good bones. Also, it helps us preserve a strong immune system which protects us against infections.
Studies show that people with higher levels of this vitamin appear to have lower chances of getting some cancers, heart disease and even diabetes.
So, what do we need to think about doing to make sure we have enough vitamin d every day?
Firstly, everyone should try to get outdoors for at least ½ hour each day. It doesn’t have to be a sunny day.
Secondly, try to make sure that our diets contain good sources of foods rich in this vitamin. Try foods such as eggs and fatty fish which are rich in natural vitamin D. Some foods are made with added vitamin D and these are margarines, some breakfast cereals such as cheerios, shreddies, sultana bran and some yogurts including Yoplait. Check the labels to be sure.So, try to eat these foods as part of your daily diet.
For older people it is advised that a supplement of 10 micrograms of vitamin D is taken every day and that younger adults and children over the age of 1 take the same dose during the winter months. Larger doses are not required and as with all vitamins more is not better and may even be bad for you.
If you want any further information, contact me on my website https://sueacremanutrition.co.uk .