Vitamin D is an essential chemical manufactured by the body and stored in the liver. It’s the only vitamin to be converted into a hormone when activated for use and is a fat-soluble vitamin.
Vitamin D is mainly absorbed from sunlight, it can also be sourced from foods such as:
- Oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines)
- Read meat
What does Vitamin D do?
Vitamin D is essential for bone health, as it ensures your body can absorb vital minerals, like calcium. It is also important for keeping teeth, muscles, heart and lungs healthy along with helping fight infections.
What causes Vitamin D deficiency?
Because Vitamin D comes from outside sources (mainly sunlight, but also to a lesser extent diet), levels will drop if your skin is deprived of sunlight, or sometimes if your diet is very low in foods that contain Vitamin D.
About one in five adults in the UK are thought to deficient in Vitamin D. From March to Ocotber, most adults will get sufficient sunlight for healthy levels of Vitamin D.
What are the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency?
Feeling tired can be the main symptom of being deficient in Vitamin D, however it can often be overlooked especially with today’s ever busy lifestyle.
Some other symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency include:
- Muscle pain
- Hair loss
- Bone loss
- Getting ill often
How to increase Vitamin D?
Increasing your exposure to sunlight can see a drastic increase in Vitamin D levels.
Eating more of the foods that are listed above will also help.
Supplements are another extremely effective way of increasing your Vitamin D levels.