Updated: Aug 3, 2019
According to national UK surveys, approximately 1 in 5 people have low vitamin D levels. Low Vitamin D levels are associated with poor muscle health and strength, can be associated with conditions in children such as Ricketts, and may other conditions. Vitamin D also helps to regulate the calcium and phosphate levels in the body which contribute to healthy teeth and bones. Fortunately there are natural ways of getting enough Vitamin D in your body, however the required level varies dependent on various factors.
Babies up to 12 months:
Currently recommended to need 8.5 to 10 micrograms per day.*
Children over 12 months and adults:
currently recommended to need 10 micrograms per day.*
*(a microgram is 1000 times smaller than a milligram).
We get our Vitamin D naturally from sunlight and it is often referred to as "the sunshine vitamin". However in winter months and predominantly the whole year round through us spending more time indoors, travelling or stuck in offices or warehouses we just don't get enough Vitamin D naturally to satisfy the levels mentioned above that the NHS recommends. So what do we do?
Well.. fortunately we can get "some", Vitamin D from food. Food sources that provide us with Vitamin D are oily fish, red meat, liver, egg yolks and fortified foods such as most fat spreads and some cereals. However unless you are happy having these foods consistently within your diet chances are you will need to consider taking Vitamin D Supplements. These supplements come in various strengths and formats and at extremely good value. for money. For approximately 4p per soft-gel capsule (I find these much more pleasant to swallow than chalky tablets), you're getting the required daily dosage (and sometimes a little bit more) without having to worry if its going to be a long sunny day outside or not. Most also come with a full one year supply or half for you and half for your partner to see you both through the long dark winter months.
The bottom line here is that it doesn't cost the earth to ensure you're body gets the NHS recommended levels of Vitamin D to help your bones, muscles and teeth to name but a few of the benefits we gain from ensuring we have enough Vitamin D in our bodies.