Spring is upon us, which for many brings a feeling of energy and positivity. If you can’t seem to shake-off the winter blues and lethargy, there might be a physiological reason for it. You could be deficient in vitamin-D.
Vitamin-D is best absorbed from sunlight and is created when the sunlight hits our skin and reacts with the cholesterol in our skin. We also absorb it from some foods such as oily fish, red meat, liver, egg yolks and foods fortified with vitamin-D.
Due to the lack of sunshine during the winter months, it can be difficult to get sufficient levels of vitamin-D from the sun. Therefore, the Department of Health recommends that children and adults take a daily supplement of 10 μg (micrograms) of vitamin-D between September to the end of March.
Vitamin-D also contributes towards strong bones and a healthy immunes system.
If you think you might be deficient in vitamin-D, it is advisable to speak to your GP, who can take a blood test, which will show your vitamin-D level.
Article author - Mia Mola Wood,
BA Nutrition & Health
Weight Management Consultant