Did you know that Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, teeth and muscles?
We need vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium and phosphate from our diet. These minerals are important for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. The body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin when outdoors.
According to the NHS, a lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain caused by a condition called osteomalacia in adults.
During the spring and summer months, most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need from sunlight. However, in the UK, the winter sunlight doesn’t contain enough UVB radiation for our skin to be able to make vitamin D. During these months, we rely on getting our vitamin D from food sources and supplements. Using sunbeds is not a recommended way of making vitamin D.
Vitamin D is found in a small number of food sources:
- oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and fresh tuna
- red meat
- egg yolks
- fortified foods – such as most fat spreads and some breakfast cereals
Another source of vitamin D is dietary supplements. At Durham Family Chiropractic, we do stock a range of supplements, including Vitamin D. Please chat to your practitioner if you wish to take a Vitamin D supplement.