Spring is a wonderful time for sunny breezy walks without the glare of the summer sun. Not only will the exercise boost your endorphins (happy drug),and improve your fitness; but just 20-30 minutes of sunlight on the face and forearms a few times a week is all the body needs to make and maintain a decent level of Vitamin D.
Vitamin D works with both Calcium and Phosphorus to not only keep bones healthy and strong, but improve the muscles and general health too. Vitamin D deficiency is fairly common in the UK, with a mild deficiency causing tiredness and general aches. A more severe lack can cause serious problems such as rickets (in children) and osteomalacia (in adults); both requiring additional treatment with supplements.
There are certain groups more at risk from Vitamin D deficiency and again a supplement is usually recommended; pregnant and breastfeeding females; babies and young children; and those aged 65 and over. Those with medical conditions of the parathyroid, gut, kidneys or liver may also require a supplement to keep levels up.
Although Vitamin D can be found in Oily fish, our main source really is from the exposure to sunlight, so get those walking boots on and enjoy the wonderful countryside!
Amy Griffiths, Well Being Freedom Services Ltd ©