Vitamin D - The Sunshine of my Day!

The sun, not diet, is where most of your Vitamin D comes from. So even if you are eating a well balanced diet, you are unlikely to meet your vitamin D requirements.

Some people are really at risk for Vitamin D deficiency

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding mums

  • People with dark skin or those that cover their skin when going outdoors

  • People who spend most of their time indoors like babies, teens with too much screen time, office dwellers

  • People over the age of 65 - their skin has lost some of its ability to make Vitamin D.

Vitamin D deficiency, if left untreated, can result in rickets (permanent deformaties to the bones, weakened muscles and reduced growth - see pic below), fits and osteomalacia. Vitamin D may also have a role to play in making us happy, lowering blood pressure, increasing muscle strength and acting as an anti inflammatory.