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The clocks have gone back, it’s dark at 4pm and the heating is back on. Yes. Winter is coming.
There are plenty of little annoyances that come along with the colder part of the year – colds, flu etc. – but did you know that Vitamin D (rather, the lack of it) could be having an adverse affect on your body too? As per the NHS website, Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy, and working at their best.
How much Vitamin D does the body need?
Most adults will get all of the Vitamin D they need from around late March to the end of September, due to the strength of the sun. However, during the autumn and winter, the sun isn’t strong enough for the body to make Vitamin D, so it must come from your diet, instead.
Food alone usually isn’t enough to provide the recommended amount of Vitamin D, so the NHS recommend that adults take a supplement containing 10mcg of Vitamin D during the autumn and winter months.
The effects of Vitamin D deficiency
Whilst symptoms are difficult to diagnose, Vitamin D deficiency is being increasingly linked to more health conditions, including:
Vitamin D testing
The best way to check for Vitamin D deficiency is through a simple test. Here at New Leaf Health, our Winter Protection Programme offers these tests directly to your workplace, which includes quick and accurate testing, guidance and feedback on results, and even a GP referral for staff members where necessary. Winter – and the dreaded Christmas period – can often be the most stressful time of the year for a business, and the last thing anyone wants is to feel anything less than 100%. This is why Vitamin D deficiency is becoming a more prominent topic, and businesses around the country are beginning to offer testing to their staff.