Fall is basically here and that means the autumn leaves start to change into red, yellow, and brown and fall off the trees. Night time arrives faster which means the shorter days, there’s less sunlight, and colder weather. Kissing summer goodbye is hard enough but also finding the right amount of vitamin D your body needs during this time is also a struggle.
A recent study by BetterYou found that 19 per cent of British adults have low levels of vitamin D, and this is particularly problematic in autumn and winter. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is key for the maintenance of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus.
Your main source of vitamin D is the sun – ultraviolet B radiation from sunlight can be synthesised by vitamin D3, the active form of Vitamin D, when exposed on the skin.
Studies have shown that we need around 10 minutes of sunshine a day to get your Vitamin D fix, but of course, everyone is different and your levels will not only depend on the seasons but also on how often you stay indoors, how much your clothing covers your skin and different skin pigmentations.
If you don’t get enough vitamin D you may experience some symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can mean you have a vitamin D deficiency. Too little vitamin D can pose health risks. Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated with increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children, and cancer.
Other signs of vitamin D deficiency can manifest themselves in common health conditions such as constant coughs and colds, tiredness and fatigue, seasonal affective disorder, poor bone and tooth health and low mood. Get outside and get your vitamin D today with SolTech+
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