*This is a commissioned post for Fultium*
Vitamin D helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, which are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy, it also supports the normal function of the immune system in children and adults.
Vitamin D, commonly known as the “sunshine vitamin”, is naturally produced by our bodies through exposure to sunlight (ultraviolet B rays) – however experts say that’s practically impossible for many people living in the UK to get all the Vitamin D they need from natural sources. You need to have your face and upper extremities exposed between 11am – 3pm from April to September in the UK in order to make Vitamin D in the body. (And in fact, a contributing factor to low levels of Vitamin D in children in recent years is our increased diligence when it comes to applying sunblock! It kinda feels like we can’t win doesn’t it!)
Whilst it is possible to get small amounts of Vitamin D from your food (oily fish, red meat, egg yolks, fortified drinks, cereals and milk) you’d have to eat huge amounts every day to get enough Vitamin D from your diet alone. (And when I say huge amounts I’m talking 6 boiled eggs, 7 bowls of cereal or 10 tins of tuna . . . )
Everyone in the UK, aged 1 and over requires 10 micrograms (μg) of vitamin D a day and 8.5-10 micrograms a day for infants under 1 year- particularly during the winter months when not only are the days considerably shorter but we spend so much time indoors or covered up with big coats and hats!
As a family, I like to think that we are pretty good at getting outside – we walk to school and back each day and we try to make sure we get out and about on a weekend but in reality it’s all too easy to cosy up in the house and hibernate through the winter months – getting all kitted out in hats and coats and boots is a faff, the weather is unpredictable – outdoor adventures are way easier in the warmer months aren’t they?
Of course, the ideal solution is to balance things out – make sure you expose your skin to sunlight where possible, choose foods which are known sources of Vitamin D and then consider topping up your levels with a supplement such as Fultium Daily D3
(Available in pharmacies only, in packs of 30s (RRP £3.99), 60s (RRP £7.49), 90s (RRP £10.99) and as 15ml drops (RRP £7.99). Fultium Daily D3 is free from artificial preservatives and sweeteners. The capsule gelatine is both Halal and Kosher certified and the drops are suitable for vegetarians.)
As well as including Fultium into our daily routines (capsules for the grown ups, drops for the kids) we are making a concerted effort to get out and about as a family as much as possible.