What is Vitamin D and how do I know if I have enough?

ByLouise Hampton

What is Vitamin D and how do I know if I have enough?

The body makes Vitamin D when the sun shines on your skin. Over the winter months, our bodies need extra vitamin D to make up for the lack of sunshine.

 

Vitamin D keeps our bones strong by helping to absorb calcium. Muscles need vitamin D to help them contract and relax and nerves need vitamin D to help carry nerve messages around the body

 

Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency:

 

Fatigue

Depression

SAD

Bone and back pain

Muscle aches

Feeling ill often

 

How to increase our vitamin D levels:

 

Vitamin D can be taken in a tablet in varying dosages. It is often recommended to take vitamin D throughout the winter months. These can be bought in any pharmacy or local health shop. Please check with your GP before taking any supplements.

 

A natural way to increase vitamin D levels is through our diet- ensure you are eating enough tuna, salmon, cheese and egg yolks (to name a few)

 

If you are over 50, dark skinned, vegan or just generally in need of a winter boost, get yourself some vitamin D supplements!

 

Please speak to our Osteopath for any further information and/or questions you may have.  http://www.attend2health.co.uk

 

Wrap up warm and keep healthy this winter!!!

About the Author

Louise Hampton administrator

Louise Hampton is a chiropractor and owner of the award winning Attend2Health clinic. She is a fellow of the British Chiropractic Association and first qualified in 2004 with a degree in Chiropractic. In her spare time she enjoys throwing the hammer in athletics and spending time with her children.