Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium into the bloodstream and also for helping to regulate your immune system.
It is actually a hormone, rather than a vitamin, and is made naturally by the body from fat under the skin in response to sunlight.
As our fear of skin cancer caused by sun damage grows, we are tending to stay in the shade or cover up with 50 Factor creams in the summer. In the winter, the sun doesn’t produce the right wavelength ultraviolet light, resulting in more than half the British population not getting enough vitamin D.
Optimum blood levels of Vitamin D should be 80 nmol/litre. If you are worried that you are deficient, you can take a finger prick blood test to measure your blood levels. You can increase your intake of foods that contain Vitamin D — but there aren’t many of them — oily fish and egg yolks.
You might also consider supplementing with vitamin D as D3, not D2. Vitamin D3 is 87% more effective in raising and maintaining vitamin D levels than D2.
Signs and symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiencies include fatigue, aches and pains, dry and brittle nails, ‘foggy’ brain and dry skin among others.
If you are worried that you may be suffering from a vitamin and mineral deficiency you can take my easy online vitamin and mineral analysis here…
Stress can effect the way your body uses nutrients or drinking alcohol can mean you have a higher need for certain vitamins. Also, much of the food we eat today is also lacking in nutrients.
This online form is designed to give me all the information I need to work out what vitamins and minerals you may be lacking.
Once I have received notification of your completed form, it will take me a few days to go through it and come up with an individual plan just for you. This may include recommended supplements, vitamins and minerals, food choices, exercise ideas and, sometimes, herbal remedies.
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