AMUK Healthy Living Blog

Dec
14

Give Me Sunshine! or Vitamin D

Author : Hazel Econs

It's difficult to get the balance right sometimes isn't it.  

On the one hand we are being told of the dangers of being out in the sun.   Apply plenty of sun protection.   Do not be in the sun in the middle of the day.   Make sure children have clothing to protect them from the sun.  

Then today on the BBC News there was a report concerning the growing number of adults and children with rickets, a bone disease associated with poor children in Victorian days, for which there has been a four-fold increase of admission to hospitals in the last 15 years.  Rickets is caused by a deficiency in Vitamin D the "sunshine vitamin".

Vitamin D is an important nutrient, whose conversion to vitamin D3, by exposure of the body to sunlight, is critical in enabling dietary calcium to be absorbed and keeping the bones healthy.  In many countries with below average yearly sunlight, as the UK, this is a well recognised problem, especially affecting the elderly & those confined at home.  With the short days, long nights and the limited amount of sunlight in our recent English summer, it is difficult to get the recommended amount of Vitamin D we need for good health.

At Allergy Medical UK we recommend our patients have blood tests to identify nutritional deficiencies, including Vitamin D.  Once you know what your deficiencies are and by how much, then the correct vitamins, minerals and dosages can be recommended.   It is a pity to waste money on supplements you don't need, the body will simply excrete the excess, yet not have enough of the nutrients you do need.  That's money well spent.

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