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How to boost your Vitamin D levels all year round

Vitamin D is famously known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because most of it comes from natural sunlight. This means that in the UK during winter, we often don’t get enough of it. 

The Health Benefits of Vitamin D

The main reason we need vitamin D is that it regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. This means that it keeps our bones strong and healthy, and ensures normal growth in the body. 

In addition to this, vitamin D contributes to our immune system function. So, we need it to lower our risk of catching colds, flu, and other common illnesses. 

Vitamin D may also help to reduce depression. It’s been found that people with depression or anxiety often also have a vitamin D deficiency - this may partly explain why many of us feel less happy in the winter!

Research indicates that vitamin D may also help to boost weight loss by suppressing the appetite if your appetite is larger than usual. 

Lastly, some research also indicates that getting enough vitamin D daily can improve your heart health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

A deficiency in vitamin D can lead to bone abnormalities, such as soft bones (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (osteoporosis). Symptoms of a deficiency can include tiredness, aches, pains, feeling generally unwell, bone or muscle pain, weakness, and fractures. 

Less commonly, vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to certain cancers, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, and thyroid problems. 

How Much Vitamin D Do I Need? 

Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the world. People who live in countries that don’t have strong sunlight all year round are more likely to have this deficiency. Plus, young women, infants, elderly people, and... Continue reading

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