If you live in Britain, you probably lack vitamin D all winter. That’s what my doctor told me when I went in to get the results for some blood tests because I was feeling so tired.
I was virtually D minus, she said, and recommended I hoof straight round to Holland and Barrett and buy the largest dose of it I could – the BetterYou Dlux 3000 spray.
For the first week, not much happened. But then I suddenly noticed I had a bit more of a spring in my step. Three months later I had more blood tests and my vitamin D level was normal.
If you look up the symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency, it’s by no means all about the energy. For a start, you need it for healthy bones. Research has also suggested links to diabetes, asthma, cognitive impairment if you’re older and heart issues. And let’s face it, that doesn’t sound like you’re bouncing around in a Tigger-ish manner and bending all of Eeyore’s thistles.
I’ve tried going without and within a week I can feel my clock winding down. A distinct lack of get up and go. Quite the opposite in fact, with a lot of sit down and stay.
Up to a quarter of us in Britain have low levels of vitamin D between October and March because the sunlight isn’t strong enough – and that is where we get most of it. Even the government is recommending that we all take a supplement in the winter months.
You can also get vitamin D from oily fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines, eggs and fortified breakfast cereals – but it’s almost impossible to get ENOUGH just from food.
So I’m now on my daily dose of the stuff and whilst I will occasionally go a week without a silky fish or a moist egg, I will never go a day without my vitamin D spray in winter.
You might try…
- Healthspan Super Strength Vitamin D3, £4.99, healthspan.co.uk
- BetterYou Dlux 3000, Vitamin D Oral Spray 15ml, £7.99, hollandandbarrett.com
- Vitabiotics Ultra Vitamin D 1000, £5.10, vitabiotics.com
Written by Penny Smith
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