Is The British Weather Robbing You Of Your Vitamin D?

The sun is undoubtedly our best source of Vitamin D, however our dietary intake has to remain adequate in order to keep levels topped up…especially when the UK weather is concerned! The lack of sun we have been receiving over the winter months means the majority of people you come into contact with will be low in this essential nutrient. It is integral that you get vitamin D into your diet, particularly from a young age…an average toddler is thought to only get 27% of their dietary vitamin D requirements per day.

Although summer is momentarily here to the rescue, ensure your dietary intake of vitamin D is adequate by including foods such as:

- Fatty fish such as Herring, Mackeral, Pilchards and Sardines

- Eggs

- Liver

- Powdered milk

- Fortified foods i.e. foods that have vitamin D added to them such as margarines and some cereals.

If vitamin D remains inadequate, you may wish to consider a vitamin D supplement.

References

Department of Health, (2008). Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom. London: TSO.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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