Newsletter November 2014


Now that we’re at that time of year again when sunshine and daylight are dwindling and temperatures are rapidly falling, many of us are starting to feel a bit lethargic, de-energised and sluggish, as well as suffering with the latest colds and bugs that are doing the rounds. This could be directly linked to our diminishing levels of vitamin D now that our summer has well and truly finished.


Vitamin D is the hormone that we produce from fat under the skin in response to sunlight. Although vitamin D can be found in a number of food sources, experts estimate that the most effective source is direct sunlight, accounting for about 90% of our intake.


When you consider that vitamin D is essential for so many aspects of our health and wellbeing, the shorter and colder days seem even more daunting! Vitamin D:

·         helps the body to absorb calcium which is essential for healthy bones and teeth

·         regulates the immune system and consequently helps to fend off winter bugs

·         supports cognitive function

·         helps to support the reduction of inflammation, which is often aggravated by the drop in temperature during winter

·         may support healthy heart function

·         supports the balance of hormone levels

·         supports healthy muscle function (including skeletal muscle and heart muscle)

·         may help to support mood and wellbeing in those with SAD


It is thought that as much as approximately 60% of the UK population is deficient in vitamin D. Concern for the problem is so great that government guidelines now recommend most people supplement with vitamin D throughout the winter months.


So there is light at the end of the tunnel so to speak! Taking a regular vitamin D supplement with the suggested intake of 1500-2000iu for your age will support your body’s levels of the all important vitamin and put you on track until we see some nicer weather.