Getting enough Vitamin D – The importance of Vitamin D and how to get it
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that your body needs for many vital processes, including maintaining strong and healthy bones and a healthy brain function. A lack of Vitamin D can cause us to feel very tired, lack motivation and for some it can even cause mild depression.
During a time when we might be spending lots of time inside, it is important to make sure that you are getting enough Vitamin D!
It was estimated that a lack of Vitamin D affects 13% of the world’s population. As most of our Vitamin D comes from the sun, spending lots of time inside can cause us to lack in the essential nutrient. This is why during the coronavirus pandemic we need to make sure we are getting as much Vitamin D as we can in our food and by getting outside when we can.
Here are some ways to increase your Vitamin D levels:
1. Sun exposure
This is the main source of Vitamin D for most people, so it is important that you get out in the sun when you can. Although there are restrictions in place, you are still allowed one form of exercise a day, so make sure you go for a walk or a run at some point during the day. Try to spend your breaks in the garden too! This is not only great for your health, but it will also allow you to maintain healthy levels of Vitamin D!
Diet is a really important way to increase your Vitamin D levels if you aren’t able to get it from the sun. Make sure you include foods that are high in Vitamin D in your diet while spending a lot of time inside. Some foods that are high in Vitamin D are:
· Oily fish, such as salmon
· Egg Yolks
· Red Meat
· Fortified foods – such as breakfast cereals and orange juice
3. Vitamin D Supplements
If you aren’t able to go outside and you are not able to adjust your diet to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D. You may choose to take Vitamin D supplements. The NHS recommends for everyone to consider taking a daily supplement during the winter months and when spending lots of time inside.
To find out more information about Vitamin D and taking supplements visit the NHS website.
It is important that we take care of ourselves during this time and make sure our bodies are the healthiest they can be. Vitamin D is very important in maintaining a healthy body and healthy brain function, and can help us to feel more positive and energised. So, try to keep an eye on your diet and make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D to keep you healthy!