Vitamin D and winter…what you need to know.

Although yesterday was the first day of spring it still feels like winter for so many of us in the UK…it’s cold, grey, wet and dull.

It has been highlighted that many people are at risk of vitamin D deficiency in the UK and that vitamin D is really vital to our health and well-being. It is estimated that one in five adults in the UK may have low levels of vitamin D. Our diets do not always provide sufficient levels especially during the winter months when sunlight is in short supply. Sunlight, shining down on our bare skin, encourages the production of vitamin D and in winter with less sunlight, and less opportunity to be out enjoying the sunshine, more of us suffer from a lack of this valuable vitamin.

Symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can mean that you have a vitamin D deficiency although for many people, the symptoms are subtle. Yet, even without symptoms, too little vitamin D can pose health risks. Low bloodlevels of the vitamin have been associated with a number of different health issues so always get checked out by a medical professional if you are feeling unwell.

Diet can help and these foods here contain vitamin D which will aid better health and well-being through the winter months.

You can also buy supplements. When buying vitamin D supplements (as is often advised) always check which form is used as if it only says “vitamin D” and no number after it, it’s most likely the D2 form. Vitamin D in the form of vitamin D3 cholecalciferol are produced by the body and converted faster than vitamin D2. So always you are always buying vitamin D3.

Hope you find your mojo and va-va-voom soon!

Looking forward to sunnier days, until next time,


Elisa x