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