Deficiency in vitamin D can result from inadequate exposure to sunlight, inefficient production in the skin, not enough vitamin D in your diet, and certain health conditions.
Vitamin D has multiple roles in the body. It assists in:
promoting healthy bones and teeth
supporting immune, brain, and nervous system health
regulating insulin levels and supporting diabetes management
supporting lung function and cardiovascular health
influencing the expression of genes involved in cancer development
Vitamin D has been getting a lot of attention recently. The UK isn't known for its sunshine during the autumn and winter, therefore a vitamin D supplement could be beneficial during this period. Better still there are good sources of foods rich in vitamin D that can be added to your diet.
🧀 Full-fat dairy products.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient. Full-fat dairy products are one of our richest food sources, if you choose to eat dairy always opt for full fat as skimmed will have it all removed.
A rich source of Vitamin D at 87iu per 100g. Eat your yolks as this where Vitamin D is found.
🐟 Fatty /oily fish.
Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna.
Did you know that mushrooms are one source of vitamin D and that you can naturally multiply their levels by exposing them to sunlight? You can sun dry store-bought or homegrown shiitake, maitake, button, and many other mushroom species. The high vitamin D levels generated will last for more than a year.
☀️ The best way to get the body to produce enough vitamin D is by getting sufficient sunlight and regularly eating a diet that has vitamin D rich food sources. A supplement can help during the winter months to boost your levels if you feel your diet lacks sufficient food sources.