D The Sunshine Vitamin

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I can’t remember a wetter and gloomier spring in London.
It’s so depressing.
We need sunshine!
According to The American journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vitamin D deficiency is now considered a pandemic, God only knows what they will call it in Europe after this grey dull spring!

We need sunlight to produce Vitamin D for absorbtion of calcium and phosphorus.
We have all read about soaring rates of rickets in children, and lack of Vitamin D is also associated with tooth decay in kids.
But we don’t only need it for strong bones and teeth, deficiency can lead to an array of illnesses and disorders like heart disease, MS, osteoporosis, gum problems, depression, lowered immunity, fatigue and even cancer.

The absolute best way to get your daily dose of vitamin D is sunshine, but vitamin D can also be found in foods like fatty fish, liver, egg yolk, butter and tiny amounts in sun flower seeds.
Vegetarians are quite often deficient in this über important vitamin and should take extra care.
Some foods are fortified with vitamin D, like cows milk, juices and cereal, but it’s obviously not from a natural source.

So how much do you need?
The recommended levels of Vitamin D are :
Men-women 19-50 years of age: 200IU (International units)
51-70 years of age 400IU
70 and over 600IU
Kids, adolecents 400IU

But these recommendations are constantly debated.

Some health practitioners argue that those levels are way to low and only for preventing rickets, to keep healthy and happy we need far more!

A figure that’s mentioned is 2000-3000Iu a day, or 1000IU per 25 kilo.

To put this figure into perspective: an egg contains 25 IU and a glass or fortified milk around 100IU, whereas the sun together with our cholesterol makes thousands of IU in only 10-20 minutes!

Exposing your face and hands for only 10-20 minutes a day is normally enough, but it’s of course depending if it’s a cloudy or smoggy day or if you are covered in sun cream. It also depends on your skin, the paler skin the less time you need in the sun.

But what sun!!??
We have not seen the Sun since about err, forever and this horrendous weather is suppose to continue well in to June!

So if like me you haven’t been on a sun drenched holiday for quite sometime you might want to get a supplement. But read the labels all vitamin D’s are not equal!

There are two types of Vitamin D that you can get. D2 and D3.
D3 is the type the body makes when it’s exposed to the sun and it can also be found in animal products like oily fish and egg yolk.
D2 is found in plant-based products, and D2 is also used in fortified milk and cereals. If you’ve been prescribed vitamin D, it’s almost always in the form of D2.

I personally get the D3, it’s the sunshine vitamin I need!

I spray Dlux 1000 (from BetterYou) under my tongue on grey days like this, it tastes of sweet mint and it goes straight into the blood system without having to pass through the digestive tract.


0 thoughts on “D The Sunshine Vitamin

  1. I heard on a radio health programme that in the UK , the regular milk you buy has no vitamin D – it has been removed ! Unlike in America – which means that any American health food plan you come across which includes milk for some vit d input must be disregarded in the uk. Shocking !

    1. Interesting!
      In Sweden they fortify semi-skimmed and skimmed with B3, but not full fat milk. Raw milk and butter are good natural sources, we eat a fair amount of butter 🙂

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