Are You Suffering from Vitamin D Deficiency?
Vitamin D Deficiency is a problem that many people face. As our bodies make most of our Vitamin D from exposure to the sun, our winter habits may put us at risk.
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is key for the maintenance of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. It helps absorb calcium playing a vital role in forming and maintaining strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D can also play an integral part in combatting depression.
Vitamin D is sometimes called the “The Sunshine Vitamin”. This is because your body can create its own Vitamin D from sunlight. The vitamin can also be found naturally in foods such as oily fish, red meat, liver, and egg yolks. While we can all naturally achieve the required vitamin D levels from our diet and the sun during spring and summer, most of us fail to do so during autumn and winter.
Lack of vitamin D can lead to a persistent feeling of tiredness, fatigue, or weakness during these darker winter months.
The Shortest Day of the Year
Today the 21st of December 2017 is the shortest day of the year. At this time of year, most people spend the majority of their days indoors out of cold. Therefore, many of us may be suffering from a lack of vitamin D. It is important that you understand why vitamin D is so important to your health and happiness.
For many of us, we arrive to work in the morning when it is dark and don’t leave again until it is the sun has gone down. Getting any form of consistent natural sunlight and vitamin D may be very difficult. However, it is incredibly important that we maintain the correct levels of vitamin D throughout the winter months.
Vitamin D Deficiency
Many of us may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and not even realise. SAD is a type of seasonal depression that is heavily associated with lack of sunlight during autumn and winter. The symptoms of SAD include feeling depressed, irritability, persistent low mood, and finding it harder to get up in the mornings.
SAD is often linked to the reduced sunlight that you will experience over the long autumn and winter nights. The lack of vitamin D in your body can often lead to this disorder. Including vitamin D into your daily diet is imperative to feeling better and healthier.
The Public Health England advises people to take daily Vitamin D supplements during autumn and winter, as sunlight hours – the biggest natural source of the vitamin – get dramatically reduced. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms noted above, it is important that you monitor and track your vitamin levels over an extended period of time, allowing you to tweak your diet to include vitamin D rich foods and take the necessary supplements.
Our Basic Vitamin test will help you monitor your Vitamin D, Serum Folate, and Vitamin B12 levels from the comfort of home. If there is an issue, our medical team are on hand and will advise you on what tweaks you can make to your diet.
The most important thing you can do is to be proactive about your own health. Talk to a LetsGetChecked nurse through our Live Chat service on our website and they can advise you on the correct action to take.
If you want to learn more about the importance of Vitamin D. Check out our video outlining the causes and solutions to vitamin D deficiency with our Medical Director, Dr Dominic Rowley.
Public Health England: www.gov.uk