Happy Tuesday Everyone!
Welcome back to our bi-weekly blog from our official partners at Nutrikate. This week, we are talking all things Vitamin D. Check it out below. Enjoy the read guys.
We hope you all had a lovely weekend.
All of us at NutriKate are thinking of everyone affected by the recent changes but we have no doubt you guys have the best support system in the Excape team behind you!
This week we’re going to touch on vitamin D & more importantly supplementation, an important topic at this time of year.
Why do we need it?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin & it plays an important role in many different bodily functions including bone & teeth health, hormone production and even our mood. Interestingly enough, it can actually be formed directly by our skin when in the presence of adequate sunlight – probably why it’s acquired the nickname ‘the sunshine vitamin’!
What and what we need to consider when it comes to Vitamin D Supplements
- Several reasons including our position geographically (the suns rays at this latitude aren’t very strong), lack of sunlight & increased time spent indoors impedes our ability to form vitamin D naturally in Ireland from ~October until April each year
- We can get vitamin D from food sources including eggs, oily fish & fortified dairy products/breakfast. However, it’s very difficult for us to obtain enough vitamin D from our diet each day to meet recommendations
- Based on current public health recommendations, adults should take a 10 microgram vitamin D supplement in addition to any vitamin D obtained from food sources
- There are several different forms of vitamin D. If choosing a supplement, opt for vitamin D3 (active form) rather than vitamin D2 (inactive form) as the former is more easily absorbed
- If you are going to take a vitamin D supplement, try to take it with a fat source as this will help with absorption
Hopefully this highlights the importance of vitamin D at this time of year & why supplementation is recommended to see us through the winter months!
Much love and thinking of you all,
The NutriKate team
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