Due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) lockdown and the increased time inside most of the day and if you’re based in a non-sunny climate, your vitamin D level could possibly decrease.
Therefore, it might be worth considering taking a vitamin D supplement, usually more essential during the darker months (in the UK) of September to April but during these unusual times of staying indoors most of the time it’s perhaps wise until we are all able to return to some form of ‘normality’.
You can get some vitamin D from your diet if you eat oily fish, mushrooms and egg yolks (whole eggs basically), but the rest you need to get from sunlight.
You can currently go out to exercise once a day (walk, run, cycle) and you should if you can but also adhere to the rules to protect yourself, the most vulnerable and of course ALL the amazing people helping fight the war of this devastating virus! If you have zero symptoms, have an enclosed, garden, courtyard or balcony then exercise or spend time out there as often as is safe.
The benefits of vitamin D are:
> Supporting lung function and cardiovascular health
> Supporting immune, brain, and nervous system health
> Regulating insulin levels and supporting diabetes management
> Promoting healthy bones and teeth
If you have been confirmed perimenopausal, currently experiencing the menopause or post-menopausal, it’s a good idea to take a combined vitamin D with calcium supplement, however, please ensure you check with your doctor or health care professional prior to making that decision.
Vitamin D helps you absorb calcium and can not only help to prevent osteoporosis, but it may also help to lower your risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and chronic fatigue to name a few.
Please always speak to a medical professional before making any changes!
Here are the makes which we personally recommend:
Cheaper versions are generally cheaper because they are made with inferior ingredients including bulkers and fillers used to achieve this cost-cutting! The Viridian brand does not use any such things.
It is worth always checking the ingredients (of EVERYTHING!) so you know what you're putting in your body and the impact it will have.
Please note, this is not an ad, we are not making any money from this brand, we are merely trying to help those who may need it by sharing this information with you to help you through this time and always to help you increase your wellness.
We always do our utmost to recommend personally tested brands and those with natural ingredients and from ethical sources.
The below information is supplied by the NHS website:
Babies up to the age of 1 year old 8.5 to 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day.
A microgram is 1,000 times smaller than a milligram (mg). The word microgram is sometimes written with the Greek symbol µ followed by the letter g (µg).
Children from the age of 1 year and adults need 10 micrograms (400 units) of vitamin D a day. This includes pregnant and breastfeeding women and people at risk of vitamin D deficiency.