Keep Your Vitamin D Topped Up This Winter

As autumn kicks in and the summer sun fades to a distant memory, many of us choose to stay inside and wrap up warm. Unfortunately, enjoying the sunshine is one of the best ways in which we obtain vitamin D.

Although many forms of vitamin D exist, the two predominant forms are vitamin D₂ (from diet) and vitamin D₃, which is synthesised by ultraviolet radiation from a precursor of cholesterol in the skin.

Not only is vitamin D helpful in skeletal injury prevention, it can also help prevent heart disease, auto-immune diseases and the relentless bouts of winter cold’s and flu’s that we all face in the colder months.

It is possible to avoid facing a vitamin D deficit by ensuring there is plenty in your diet. Vitamin D is most commonly found in cod liver oil, salmon, egg yolk and liver, but if none of these take your fancy, vitamin D supplementation is a fast and effective way to maintain healthy levels!

Ensure you’re not short of vitamin D this winter!

 

About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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